Roman Glass Unguentarium
CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman Empire.
DIMENSIONS: 5.5 cm (2.1 in.) tall
DESCRIPTION: Intact. A Roman unguentarium of transparent very pale green glass, with a short bulbous body, cylindrical
neck with constriction where they meet, a rounded base with small pinched extension, and out-splayed rim folded up and back
in. Free blown and tooled, with a thin film of interior encrustation and brilliant iridescence in silver, pink and orange
over most of the surface. A rare and unusual type.
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Welsh private collection formed between the 1970s and 2008.
PUBLISHED: Bonhams, London, ANTIQUITIES, 29
April, 2009, Lot #302, listed and illustrated on Page 174.
COMPARISONS: David Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the
Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One, Corning Museum
of Glass, Corning, NY, 1997, #244 for the nearest parallel to this shape.