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Ancient Roman Toilet Bottle Candlestick Unguntarium Glass
Date: 1st/2nd Century AD
With truncated conical body. Rim outsplayed, folded up and in, and flattened; neck long and tubular; wall curves in at bottom; base slightly concave.
In very good condition, intact.
Ref. Roman glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, volume three No.1135.
One of the earliest types of blown-glass vessels is an elongated bottle with a short body and a long neck.
The contents of such bottles could be poured out slowly, in tiny drops, and the small mouth was easily stoppered.
This type of bottle was popular during the Roman period all throughout the Empire, exhibiting very little variation.
Used as containers for perfumes and scented oils, they were frequently placed in burial caves and are thus
sometimes referred to as “tear bottles,” believed to have been used for collecting the tears
Ref: The Wonders of Ancient Glass At The Israel Museum, Jerusalem “Yael Israeli”