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Double unguent bottle
late 4th century-5th century CE

11.6 × 6.9 × 3.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1926
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Green double bottle formed from a single tube folded back on itself. The rims are outsplayed and the lips folded upwards and inwards. The base is flattened and the vessel has two vertical handles, circular in section, joined from the rim to the sides of the body. The vessel is decorated with a trail laid spirally from underneath the rims to the bottom of the body, ending at the base in a double zigzag with wishbone angles. The vessel is blown with a pontil mark on the base. The trail and handles are drawn on and the handles are dropped on at the sides and drawn upwards to the rim. The trail was applied before the handles.