Candlestick unguentarium, base

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Candlestick unguentarium. Pale blue blown glass. Very low almost flat disc-shaped body with evenly sloping shoulder. Indented base with central concavity. Narrow cylindrical neck narrowing to splaying rim, rounded but not folded and pulled wider and flatter to one side, perhaps to facilitate pouring. Broken at neck, some fragments missing. Some iridescence (Webb p 20).
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Containers vase
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot
Approximately 40mm of neck broken off vase neck and rim.
Base numbered H684.1
Neck and rim numbered H684.2
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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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