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Iridescent Unguentarium

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Iridescent Unguentarium

Type: 
unguentarium
Material(s): 
glass
Designer/Maker: 
unknown
Markings: 
none
Origin: 
Roman
Date or Era: 
AD 50-100
Dimensions: 
4-1/2 in. h./11-1/2 cm. h.
Special Features: 
An unguentarium is an ancient vessel created to hold fragrant oils to anoint and perfume skin (unguents).
Additional Information: 
Blue and purple iridescence indicates that this vessel was buried in the ground where water and minerals in the soil interacted with the components of the glass.

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