Spool-Shaped Miniature Unguentarium


A Roman glass spool-shaped miniature unguentarium. It features thick, green glass walls; a flattened rim, and stands on a flat base.

Date: Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Condition: Fine condition


SKU: NA-20192 Category:

Unguentaria were small perfume or cosmetics bottles made from glass, with metal oxides added to vary the glass’ colour. They are the most common items of Roman blown glass, equally used in everyday life and deposited as grave goods. The latter containers are referred to as “tear bottles”, believed to have been used for collecting the tears of mourners. The shape of this particular unguentarium is characteristic of Roman Egypt.

Weight 6.2 g
Dimensions H 3.60 cm