Candlestick unguentarium

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Candlestick unguentarium. Clear blown glass. Very low disc shaped body with concave base and constriction at base of neck, Tall asymmetrical concave sided neck, everted rim, thinly folded outward, upward and inward and flattned to form wide mouth ring. One side, however, is rounded and not folded, perhaps to facilitate pouring. Iridescence and weathering. (Webb, Jennifer M., 1997 "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX:p 20).
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Containers vase
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot flask
H194 x D85
Media/Materials description
Glass, blown
History and use
An 'unguentarium' is a small bottle used to hold ointments, perfumes, balms and other liquids for use in the toilet. These were used by both men and women, the contents applied after waking and after bathing. Popular scents included saffron, marjoram and rose. The material inside the glass may be debris, or fine remnants of the original content. These tall, cylindrical forms are known as 'candlestick' unguentarium, as they sometimes resemble early candlesticks. They may have a flat or round base, the neck may taper, and be with or without a constriction at the top of the neck, thought to allow for easier pouring of the precious contents. The glass is especially thin and fine.
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