Translucent Roman Glass with Handles

£ 850.00

An elegant translucent Roman marbled glass unguentarium of a delicate pale blue colour. The vessel features an elongated pyriform body, leading to a cylindrical, slightly flaring, neck, and a wide, folded rim. The unguentarium is further enriched by two applied trail handles with folded ends.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century BC
Provenance: Private Israel collection, SM. Israeli export license for the glass collection.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact with some earthly encrustations to the surface.


Unguentaria were small perfume or cosmetics bottles made of blown glass. They were extremely popular throughout the Roman Empire, since they contained perfume and oil, considered precious at the time and often used both in private life and public ceremonies. These type of vessels were probably used in funerary and burial rituals, hence their frequent occurrence in archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries.



Weight 100 g
Dimensions H 13 cm



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