Roman Glass Vessel

Roman Glass Vessel

An ancient pale blue iridescent Roman free-blown glass vessel with disk foot, indented sides, folded and flattened rim, and small mouth.

Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Height: 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm).

Unguentarium or "tear bottle" is a misnomer, as there is no evidence that these vessels would have contained solid ungents. With their long, slender necks these vessels were most suited for dispensing liquids, oils, and powder. Scholarship and archeological evidence have even suggested that products shipped in bulk containers were dispensed for sale in these smaller vessels.

Formerly in the collection of Jerome Eisenberg, New York.

Inv#: 8701


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