Roman Miniature Glass Flask Shaped Unguentarium A small Roman glass flask shaped unguentarium, featuring a globular body, a short neck, wide rim and.. Product #: FR-009 Regular price: $165.00 $165.00 In Stock
Roman Miniature Glass Flask Shaped UnguentariumRoman Miniature Glass Flask Shaped Unguentarium

Roman Miniature Glass Flask Shaped Unguentarium

Product Code: FR-009

£165.00

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A small Roman glass flask shaped unguentarium, featuring a globular body, a short neck, wide rim and a flat base. Mother of pearl like iridescence is visible on the external surface, while glowing dark blue iridescence is visible on the internal rim’s surface. Very fine condition, intact with some earthly incrustation and iridescence on the surface. 

The iridescence on ancient Roman glass was unintentional and was caused by weathering on the surface. How much a glass object weathers depends mainly on burial conditions and to a lesser extent the chemistry of it. These conditions are humidity, heat and type of soil the...

A small Roman glass flask shaped unguentarium, featuring a globular body, a short neck, wide rim and a flat base. Mother of pearl like iridescence is visible on the external surface, while glowing dark blue iridescence is visible on the internal rim’s surface. Very fine condition, intact with some earthly incrustation and iridescence on the surface. 

The iridescence on ancient Roman glass was unintentional and was caused by weathering on the surface. How much a glass object weathers depends mainly on burial conditions and to a lesser extent the chemistry of it. These conditions are humidity, heat and type of soil the glass was buried in.

Unguentaria were one of the most common objects of Roman blown glass, produced in large numbers they were items of every day use for keeping expensive perfumes and cosmetics. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass blowing revolutionized the art of glass-making and allowed for the production of small medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. At the height of its popularity and usefulness in Rome, glass was present in nearly every aspect of daily life.

Period: 1st - 2nd century AD

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