SOLD Ancient Roman 1st Century AD Perfume Flask Unguentarium From Herculaneum
SOLD Very Rare, Authentic Ancient Roman 1st Century A.D. perfume flask, unguentarium, from the famous Roman City, Herculaneum. Large terracotta fusiform unguentarium with a swelling ovoid body on a splayed foot with everted rounded rim, the body decorated in dull reddish-brown over a cream slip with encircling lines and bands.
Height: 17 cm (6.69 inches).
CONDITION: In the condition as found in the 19th century in Herculaneum. in its original unclean condition with age patina, the incrustation and mineral deposits strongly visible on the surface, neck broken off, otherwise complete. No repair or restoration. Since the surface of the edges of the broken neck of the flask has the same dark Soot patina as the rest of the flask, then therefore, this is clear evidence that this damage must have happened during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. when the whole city burned.
Retained part of its original 19th century papier label glued to the surface with uncompleted printed information. Tall narrow - necked Va…. Found …. ruins of Herculaneum.
Herculaneum was a famous ancient Roman city destroyed along with Pompeii, by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Due to the destruction of the city by stones, lava and flames to the houses and other architectural objects, not too many, everyday use, artifacts survived this cataclysm, compared to the other roman artifacts from this period, this example is the only one on file of everyday use, art object from Herculaneum, which has survived to this day. This is one of the rare artifacts.
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