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4 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 1/4 in. (10.8 x 5.4 x 0.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.2697
Geography: Asia, Turkey, Possibly Tarsus
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Vases
Collection: Lien Collection

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  • Anatolian - Refers to the culture and styles that developed in antiquity in the geographical area of modern Turkey.
  • unguentaria - Containers probably used to hold ointments and perfume. Early ceramic examples found at Petra (probably 4th-century BCE) were in the typical Hellenistic form of the spindle bottle, but this form was later completely replaced by a series of high-necked types with round to ovoid bodies of varying and apparently standardized forms (from the 1st century BCE onwards). The number of unguentaria found at Petra suggests that they were made locally; their manufacture would have been linked to the myrrh and other unguents that the Nabataeans traded. They have also been found at western sites. Pear-shaped glass unguentaria were later made at various locations in the Arabian peninsula.
  • vases - Vessels of varying shape and size but which are usually taller than they are wide, varying greatly in actual form and use. In modern usage, typically refers to vessels for displaying flowers. When referring to ancient art, often refers to any ceramic or metal vessel in a range of shapes and used to hold liquids, grain, or another substance.

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