**Originally Listed At $300**
Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A beautifully preserved glass unguentarium, a vessel used to contain expensive oils and/or perfumes that could easily evaporate. The teardrop shape was designed to keep the liquid from evaporating through the neck; a rolled lip around the rim prevented spills. This example has a thick pearlescent and iridescent surface. Size: 1.45" W x 4.5" H (3.7 cm x 11.4 cm); 5" H (12.7 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: The Dere Family Collection, New York, USA, assembled 1970's-2000's; ex-S.K. Heninger Jr. Collection, North Carolina, USA, acquired in 1970's
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Intact, with thick, near-total coverage of iridescence and pearlescence. In some places, this pearlescence has flaked off in layers. Pontil mark is lost but the vessel was free blown. (The absence of such a mark would suggest that the work was either mold-blown or that the mark was intentionally smoothed away or worn away over time.)