Roman Miniature Green Glass Unguentarium

£ 150.00

A very fine miniature Roman blown glass unguentarium. Made from pale green glass this small example features a squat, globular body which leads to a short, cylindrical neck and wide upturned rim. The base is flattened.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD
Condition: Very fine condition.


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Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines because it was not porous. The small body and mouth allowed the user to carefully pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass-making. The new technique allowed craftsmen to use smaller amounts of glass for each vessel and obtain much thinner walls, thus enabling the creation of small medicine, incense and perfume containers in new forms. These small glass bottles are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids which filled them would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire.

Originally this piece would have had a clay stopper and most likely held expensive powders or liquids, considering its delicate size.

To find out more about Roman glass please see our relevant blog post: Collecting Roman Glass.

Weight 6.9 g
Dimensions W 2 x H 2.8 cm



Reference: For a similar item please see The British Museum, London, item 1908,0724.13

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