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Eastern Roman Glass Unguentarium w/ Trailing

Roman, Eastern Empire, Imperial Period, ca. 3rd to 4th century CE. A beautiful free-blown glass unguentarium formed from near-opaque, teal-hued glass. The elongated teardrop-form body rests atop an indented circular foot with a rough pontil scar, with a funnel rim on top, and a pair of applied trail handles joining the rim to the upper neck. A threadlike singular trail of similarly-colored glass courses upwards from the lower body to just beneath the upper rim, though much trailing along the lower body is missing. The soft aqua color of the vessel is nicely complemented by thick swaths of fiery silver and rainbow-hued iridescence. Size: 1.75" W x 4.75" H (4.4 cm x 12.1 cm).

For a stylistically-similar example made from clear glass, please see "Shining Vessels: Ancient Glass from Greek, Roman and Islamic Times." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1991, pp. 90-91, fig. 168.

Condition: Losses to applied trailing along much of lower body. Minor nicks to rim, upper handle terminals, and base, with light pitting and abrasions across the exterior, and some micro-bubbling within glass matrix. A rough pontil scar indicates that a vessel was free-blown. Nice earthen deposits and fabulous silver and rainbow iridescence throughout.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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