Roman Glass Unguentarium

Roman Glass Unguentarium

An ancient Roman blue-green glass unguentarium, a small perfume bottle.

Ca. 1st - 3rd century AD.
Height: 3 3/4 in. (9.4 cm).

This type of flask is commonly referred to as a 'tear flask', after the early antiquarians that, having found them among ancient burials, assumed they were left by mourners who had filled them with their own tears.

Confer for similar examples: Een Huis voor Altijd, Bonnefantenmuseum, (Maastricht, 1997), pls. X-XI.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

Inv#: 1973


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