Tear bottle

Egyptian
Roman Imperial or Byzantine (Coptic) Period
3rd–5th century A.D.


Findspot: Egypt, Gurna

Dimensions

Height x width: 13 x 3 cm (5 1/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

04.1928

Medium or Technique

Glass

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

Findspot Information: From Gurna.
Purchased by Albert M. Lythgoe

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund