Roman, early Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. An stunning unguent-holding container formed from semi-translucent glass of a pale-yellow hue. The candlestick-form vessel has a wide, compressed lower body with a concave base and a smooth pontil scar, a sloping shoulder, a gently-tapering cylindrical neck, and a flared rim with a smoothed lip. Glass vessels like this example were typically used to store precious scented oils and large quantities of perfumes, and were an elegant additional to any Roman woman's bathroom accoutrements. Fiery layers of rainbow-hued iridescence are visible across the composition and nicely accentuate its soft honey-yellow color. Size: 4" W x 7.3" H (10.2 cm x 18.5 cm).
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private optometrist collection, New Jersey, USA; ex-Cleveland Museum, with old museum label reading "04/2 X 25" beneath base; ex-Sotheby's Parke Bernet (February 3, 1971, lot 245)
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Minor abrasions to neck, body, and base, with light encrustations and weathering film, and some micro-bubbling within the glass matrix, otherwise intact and excellent. A smooth pontil scar indicates it wore away over time or was intentionally smoothed. Nice earthen deposits as well as stunning rainbow iridescence throughout. Old inventory label and old Cleveland Museum label beneath base.