Roman Glass Unguentarium

DATE: 1st-3rd Century CE.
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.

Item #CA-09-142

Price $185.00