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Lovely Roman Glass Lozenge-Shaped Vial

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A unique clear glass vial that has attained a very interesting iridescent patina. It's delicate rounded body and long neck with slight flaring rim emphasize the beauty of its method of production. Glass blowing technology, developed in the eastern part of the Roman Empire in the 1st century CE, allowed average Roman citizens to replace their pottery homewares with glass. Comes with custom stand. Size: 2.7" W x 6.45" H (6.9 cm x 16.4 cm)

Vessels like these, called unguentaria, were made to hold precious liquids that would evaporate with a wider mouth, like perfumes or cosmetics.

Condition: Intact, with dirt encrustation.

Provenance: Ex-Private London Collection

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