This glass unguentarium is one of the objects featuring in a new exhibition I am curating of Greek and Roman perfumed oil and cosmetic vessels called ‘Amor et Mors: Vessels for the Beautiful Body in Life and Death’. It will be in the Treasury Gallery, in the Old Quad at the University of Melbourne, and will open to the public on 17 July 2023 and continue until May 2024. My exhibition is half of the larger exhibition, ‘Ancient Lives: Insights from the Classics and Archaeology Collecton’. The other half of the exhibition is curated by Tamara Lewit, focuses on wine, and is called ‘White, Tawny, Blood-Red, Black: Wine in the Greek and Roman Worlds.
Image credit: Unguentarium, 3rd century CE, Glass. Dimensions: 10.5cm (height) x 3.8cm (width) x 3.5cm (depth). The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of David and Marion Adams, 2009.
Accession Number 2009.0257.000.000