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SMALL SILVERY ROMAN GLASS UNGUENTARIUM

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 4, 2021

 

07R SMALL SILVERY ROMAN UNGUENTARIUM of The Allaire Collection

                                     Date: 1-2 century Size: H: 6 cm Rim D: 1.75 cm From: Syria

Description: This small unguentarium has a slender bulbous body with an everted rounded rim. The short tubular neck, which is one fifth of the total height, and has a slight constriction. The rounded base has no pontil mark and cannot stand alone. Originally the vessel was clear green glass which has weathered naturally to a beautiful silvery iridescence covering the entire inside.

Remarks: During the first and second centuries a large group of simple bottles like this example developed from the early “tear drop” shape.  Most of these unguentaria have a much longer neck and were thought to be used in Roman religious burial ceremonies.

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