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A Roman Pottery unguentarium. Red slip ware; wheel-made; depressed piriform body with a cylindrical neck ending with an annular rim; flat base; made of buff clay with a matt red-brown slip. A Lovely example; Eastern Mediterranean, C. 1st Century A.D.

Unguentaria are small ceramic or glass bottles dating to the Greek and Roman periods and are a common find in burial contexts. Their most common use was as a container for oils and perfumes. Some date to the first century BC, but most of these antiquities for sale date from the first century AD through to the end of the Roman Empire. Early examples are more often made from clay while later from blown glass.

Their distribution was throughout the Mediterranean region of the Roman Empire from Israel to Spain, and north into Britannia and Germania. Their manufacture was similarly widespread.

Condition: Fine.

Dimensions: Height 9cm x Dia 3.6cm

Provenance: Ex. private collection, UK; acquired at UK auction house. *Victorian collection label on base "From the South of England"


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