Candlestick unguentarium

Country
Cyprus
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Description
Candlestick unguentarium. Pale green blown glass. Low broad body with convex sides, concave base and slight constriction at neck base. Wide Cylindrical neck narrowin to splayed rim, thickly folded outward, upward and inward. Fragments missing from upper neck. Some iridescence and frosting. (Webb, Jennifer M., 1997 "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX:p. 19)
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Containers vase
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot flask
Measurements
H155 x D94mm
Media/Materials description
Glass
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.
Registration number
H685

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