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A Roman Glass Candlestick Ungenatrium, Roman Imperial, 1st Century AD

RG1635

Made of pale green glass, with a squat, disk-like body, long narrow neck, and flaring lip. Ungentaria were typically used for storing and transporting perfumes, or perfumed oils, that were widely used in Classical antiquity both in daily life and in funeral ceremonies, and therefore can be characterized as toilet bottles. Although the size and shape of the body could differ, the general form stayed the same, making this type of toilet bottle easily recognizable.

Dimensions: Height:  6 1/4 inches (16 cm)

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall, with pale iridescence to the body.

Provenance: The William R. Crawford collection of Ancient Glass and Antiquities, acquired from the European trade in the 1950's and then by descent.    William R. Crawford, a retired American career diplomat and expert on the Middle East and Cyprus, was Director of Arab-Israeli Affairs at the State Department between 1959-1964, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus thereafter.  In the 1970's, he was ambassador to Yemen and then to Cyprus and later became principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs.  He donated part of his collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts prior to his death in 2002.


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