Pale Blue Candlestick Unguentarium
Circa 2nd-3rd Century AD
Description: Roman glass long-necked 'candlestick' unguentarium in an attractive shade of pale blue-green frosted with soft silvery iridescence. The small bell-shaped body is less than a quarter of the total height of the flask and is concave underneath, allowing for a smaller capacity considering the tall size of the vessel. The long tubular neck tapers to a thick folded over disk rim. An elegant and fine example.
Height: 6 in. (15.5 cm)
Condition: Intact and attractive with nice iridescence.
Provenance: Ex-James Sweeney Collection (2000-2008), ex-Fragments of Time, ex-UK property.
Background: Candlestick unguentaria are generally thought to have been perfume containers. The shape of the vessel seems to have been intended to hold a pricey substance.
Reference: For a related type with elongated neck in the collection of the University of Queensland Museum Collection, Australia, see: http://bit.ly/9x9wod
Price: $ 750
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