Global Art & Artifacts

Unguentaria. Ancient Clay / Ceramic Vessel. Libya

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Small narrow-necked flasks to contain perfumed oils or unguents were common into the first century AD.  They were frequently deposited in burials, presumably to create sweet smells.  They are used throughout the Hellenistic period (from 323 BC) and the emergence of ancient Rome.   The stoppers that sealed the contents must have been made of perishable materials and have long since disintegrated and disappeared. 

Acquired and uncovered from 1963 through 1969 throughout Northern Africa – Libya specifically –  near Benghazi. 

Personally examined by a western U.S. state museum director.  He has assured me that they are indeed original and not reproductions or facsimiles. 

The condition is excellent.


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