Ancient Roman Glass Large unguentarium. Intact. Height 11,4 cm. Valls collection, 1970's.

Ancient Roman Glass Large unguentarium. Intact. Height 11,4 cm. Valls collection, 1970's.
1st - 2nd century AD.

Bottle or unguentarium.

Roman Empire

1st - 2nd century AD.


Height 11,4 cm H. And 7,7 centimeters diameter.


- Acquired by the art dealer Jaume Clavell at London auction arround 1975.
- Collection of Mr. Esteve Valls (1917-1999), Argentona (Barcelona).
- Inherited by last owner in 1999.

CONDITION: Intact, great condition.

DOCUMENTS: Provided of export license issued by the Ministy of Culture.


Glass articles were highly in favor with the Romans who acquired them through trade with Egyptians and Phoenicians. But already from the beginning of the Roman Empire they produced their own glassware in the metropolis and outside it, using glass vessels in the same manner as did the Egyptians and Phoenicians while refining their forms to produce objects of great variety and elegance.

Just about all Roman burials contain clear or greenish glass vessels covered with an iridescent patina due to the action of humidity and air. These flasks, when made in narrow forms, are often called unguentaria or lacrimaria by collectors, but were only used to contain oils and perfumes in the tombs, not to be containers for tears.

The Romans also perfected the art of working figures in relief on the glass vessels with the addition of another layer of glass of a different color, or one of enamel, along with molding, cutting and engraving of the glass, with the result that the surfaces of the containers looked like worked cameos.


- ARVEILLER-DULONG, Véronique. NENNA, Marie-Dominique. Les verres antiques au museé du Louvre. Tomo II. Museé du Louvre. 2006.
- FLEMING, Stuart J. Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 1999.


The piece includes authenticity certificate.
The piece includes Spanish Export License (Passport for European Union) - If the piece is destined outside the European Union a substitution of the export permit should be requested. This process could take between 1 and 2 months.

Lot details
Ancient Roman
Large unguentarium. Intact. Height 11,4 cm. Valls collection, 1970's.
Century/ Timeframe
1st - 2nd century AD.
Good Condition, See Photo
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