Roman Glass Double Balsamarium


A double-tube glass balsamarium with decorative applied trails around both rims and bodies in a purple-clue tinge. It displays patches of thick milky weathering and brilliant iridescence. The chambers were formed by pinching a single open free-blown vessel rather than folding over. Balsamarium were used for holding two different types of scented oils or liquid.

Date: Roman Imperial, ca. AD 200–300

Size: L:113mm / W:43mm ; 21.8g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Property of a West London gentleman; previously in a collection formed on the UK/International art market before 2000.