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Unguent bottle, Roman, 251-450 CE

An unguent is an ointment that is spread on the skin to soothe wounds, burns and scratches. The small size of this bottle, which measures only six centimetres high, indicates that it was used for an expensive liquid. The bottle could also have contained other medical treatments or cosmetics.

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Glossary: bottle

Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

Glossary: unguent

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