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Late Hellenistic Period Terracotta Unguentaria

Late Hellenistic Period Terracotta Unguentaria

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Late Hellenistic period, c. 150-50BC, Salamis, Cyprus.

Fabulous small-sized terracotta spindle-shaped unguentarium. These often narrow long-necked bottles are called unguentaria (also referred to as unguentarium, balsamarium or lacrimarium) and were probably used as a container for oils and lotions, though it is also suited for storing and dispensing other liquid and powdered substances. While unguentaria often appears among the grave goods, the purpose of their inclusion has not been derermined with cerntainty. Although the unguentaria seems often to been buried along with other objects associated with or treasured by the deceased or as a grave gift, they may have also have held substance, such as oil, wine, or powdered incense, for graveside ritual.

Lovely unguentarium of Hellenistic date; wheel-made; piriform body on a low base, flat underneath; thick rounded lip, painted black; coarse orange clay. Moderate condition. Age-related wear with chip in the rim and foot, nicks and scratches on surface. Black color worn out. Rich deposits on interior and exterior. Surface encrusted in places. Size approx. 11,9cm x 5,1cm x 5,1cm.

Provenance: Finnish private collection

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