Roman ointment vessel - Unguentarium - Balsamarium
The Romans called a small Roman ointment vessel in the shape of a bottle or amphora, which roughly corresponded to a small flask, a balsamarium or also an unguentarium or lacrimarium. They called the similarly shaped, much larger vessels ampulla unguenti. These vials were used by the Romans to store medicinal and also cosmetic balms and ointments. Since each piece is made in a very traditional and original way, each one is individual and may have slight "inaccuracies" in the surface. This gives each individual vessel a special appearance.
- Height of the unguentarium 11-12cm
- Material: clay
- Dating: 37 B.C. - 70 A.D.
- Type: Unguentarium
- Original place of discovery: Province of Judea
The gift of antiquity
Looking for the perfect gift for lovers of antiquity? Surprise them with a piece of Roman history that embodies both attention to detail and durability. Each ointment jar is not only a gift, but also a trip down memory lane.
Genuine ceramic unique pieces
There are slight differences in the shape and height of each anointing vessel because each piece is made entirely by hand. But that's what adds to the antique charm of each piece on these pages of the store! Take a look around among the other beautiful antique pieces on the Roman Shop pages! You will find many unique replicas - mostly one-of-a-kind - based on the ancient finds.
Most of them are also suitable as special gifts for friends and lovers of antiquity and Roman ceramics or earthen forms in general! See for yourself and let yourself be carried away and inspired by the pottery and ceramic world of the Romans!
What material are the ointment vessels made of?
Our unguentaries are made of ceramic , which ensures both beauty and durability.
Where do the designs of the unguentaria come from?
The designs are based on real finds from the ancient Roman provinces and reflect the art and culture of that time.
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