Roman Blue Glass Unguentarium
An ancient Roman small transparent blue glass unguentarium with a bulbous body and cylindrical neck.
Ca. 1st century AD.
Ancient glass manufacture had begun in the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The Greeks and Phoenicians advanced glass technology greatly in the latter 1st millennium BC. In the early 1st century AD, Roman workshops began producing blown glass on a large scale. Eventually glass vessels came to replace a wide variety of pottery and metal wares in the ancient world. Ancient Roman glass was traded far beyond the Roman empire. Roman glass vessels have been found in Scandinavia, India, and in Han Dynasty tombs in China.
cf. for a similar glass perfume bottle: Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 81.10.274.
Formerly in the John F., Fort collection; acquired at Sotheby's, New York, May 31, 1997, lot 11; Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glass of Imperial Rome from the John F. Fort Collection, 2 June - 6 October 2002.