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Lot 279, Auction 9/24/2018: Roman Translucent Emerald-Green Glass Unguentarium

Roman Empire, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. This large, free-blown, translucent rich dark green glass vessel has a slightly concave base with a rough pontil, a squat piriform body that tapers to a pinched neck base, a wide tubular neck with a narrow mouth, a flat flared rim and a rolled lip. The yellow iridescence displays brilliant and fiery highlights of red, violet, and gold shades underneath; a fantastic complement to the rich verdant tones of the glass itself. Size: 2.125" W x 3.75" H (5.4 cm x 9.5 cm); 5.125" H (13.02 cm) while on stand.

Condition: Previous repair to rim and some glass may not be from the original vessel. Surface wear indicative of age, earthen and mineral deposits throughout. Iridescence covers majority of exterior surface.

Provenance: private Florida, USA collection

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