A Roman unguentarium in pale blue-green glass. The flask has a bell-shaped body, tall neck, with flattened rim and stands on a flat base.
The glass exhibits patches of iridescence. Eastern Mediterranean: Circa 3rd century AD. Complete and intact; a small, prcactically invisible stress fracture towards the base on one side but the surrounding glass is stable. Height 13.6 cms (5.3 ins). For similar examples see items 99-105; Ancient Glass in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.At the height of its popularity in Rome, glass was present in nearly every aspect of daily life. It was a particularly favoured container for precious, valuable liquids, such as expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines which were produced from all corners of the Roman Empire. Provenance: This item is not a UK find and as such is not subject to the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
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