Unguentarium

  • Collection Number Ζ0334
  • Date 1st century AD (?)
    1 a.D. - 100 a.D.
  • Description Elongated pear-shaped unguentarium with slightly concave base. It dates most probable to the 1st c. AD, although the type is known already in the Hellenistic period. Unguentaria or balsamaria were small lidded vessels, used as containers for scented oils, dyes, medicinal ointments or even dried-out herbs. In the Roman period, unguentaria were made of coloured glass and usually had a spherical or conical body and an elongated neck. The frequent discovery of such vessels in tombs had led, in the past, to the assumption that they might have been used as containers for the tears of mourners; therefore, they had been called 'lacrimatoria'. The large number of glass unguentaria recovered from Cypriot tombs suggests extensive local production.
  • Culture Cypriot
  • Period Roman period
  • Material glass
  • Dimensions H: 20.7 cm / D: 4.5 cm
  • Exhbition Gallery 3rd floor / Cypriot Art
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