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Small Roman unguentarium or balsarium
REF: 5489b / LA322121
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This is a small Roman glass vessel probably used as an unguentarium or balsarium and dating somewhere from the 1st-3rd century AD/CE. The vessel is in excellent condition for its age. This means, of course, that it shows iridescence and age related wear and tear consistent with some 1900 years of use and burial. The vessel has an everted, folded inward lip measuring 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) in diameter at the rim. The long neck of the vessel expands slightly as it descends and then flares out into a funnel shaped reservoir, ending with a dimpled base with a diameter of 3.7 cm (1.5 inches). It is 7.3 cm (2.9 inches) in height. The glass is aqua coloured, although discoloured by iridescence, and bears no decoration. There are no chips, cracks, significant scratches or any obvious evidence of restoration. The vessel shows significant iridescence due to the time it spent underground. It weighs in at 55 g. (~2 oz.). Provenance: From an important French collection formed since the early 1960s.
The World is made of Glass Ltd. has clarified that the Small Roman unguentarium or balsarium (LA322121) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c200
There are no chips, cracks, significant scratches, or any obvious signs of restoration.
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