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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.