Hellenistic Fusiform Unguentarium

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Ancient Greek Hellenistic Fusiform Unguentarium Spindle.
— Late 4th to Early 3rd Century BCE.
— Repaired at the neck.
— Approximately 5 inches in length.
— Pottery unguentarium in Red Slip Ware ; wheel-made; fusiform body with long, narrow neck widening to an everted mouth with chamfered rim; solid base widening to a bulbous swelling and a ring foot; no handles; made of buff clay with a matt red slip; heavy calcination over the surface.
— An unguentarium, also referred to as Balsamarium, Lacrimarium or tears vessel, is a small ceramic or glass bottle found frequently by archaeologists at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries. Its most common use was probably as a container for oil, though it is also suited for storing and dispensing liquid and powdered substances. Some finds date into the early Christian era.

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