Roman Imperial or Byzantine (Coptic) Period
3rd–5th century A.D.
Findspot: Egypt, Gurna
Height x width: 13 x 3 cm (5 1/8 x 1 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Heavy; dark green. Type F. Long vial on weighted base. Scored horizontally where neck is joined.
This type of unguentarium is similar to those produced in the northern Roman provinces (specifically Roman Gaul and the Rhineland) during the late imperial period. As this particular vessel came from Gurna, Egypt, the object may reflect trade contact between late Roman and Coptic Egypt with northern Europe during this period.
See S.J. Flemming, Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology, 1999), p. 60, Plate E64.
Findspot Information: From Gurna.
Purchased by Albert M. Lythgoe
Emily Esther Sears Fund