A Roman Aubergine Glass Bottle, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
A Roman Aubergine Glass Bottle, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
A Roman Aubergine Glass Bottle, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
A Roman Aubergine Glass Bottle, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE

A Roman Aubergine Glass Bottle, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE

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This lovely bottle, made from aubergine colored glass is covered in a lovely iridescence, is pear-shaped with a flattened bottom, cylindrical neck, and horizontally splayed rim.

This bottle represents the most common group of ancient Roman glass vessels, usually called “toilet bottles” or unguentaria in Latin. They served as containers for different kinds of perfumed oils used in bathing and personal grooming but also for scented powders needed in cosmetic preparations, pharmaceutical ointments, and balsams. The function of the vessel is recognizable in its design – the bulbous body contains an amount of liquid, and the long, slender neck helps to dispense it. The toilet bottles are found mostly without corks or stoppers, as these were likely made of organic material and did not survive. 

Medium: Glass

Dimensions: Height: 3 1/4 inches (8 cm)

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition.

Provenance:  Private Californian collection, acquired in Israel during the 1970s.  

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