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Gallo-Roman perfume bottle terra nigra

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This earthenware perfume bottle is made after an original from the 1st century AD. It was excavated in Vienna. Although the Roman historians wrote about the Celtic culture in a patronizing way, Celtic influences were quickly adopted by the Romans. Celtic gods found their way to the Roman pantheon and Celtic fashion and clothing styles were adopted by the Romans. Among Roman women, Celtic and Germanic blond and red hair was highly fashionable. A rich trade in Germanic hair arose, in order to produce wigs for Roman ladies.

This Roman perfume bottle depicts a wild boar: by the Germanic people and the Celts he was honored for his male strength.

This perfume bottle, or balsamarium, is made of terra nigra: black earthenware. The bottle measures 9 x 6 x 3,5 cm and can be closed with a cork or waxcloth. It is completely handmade.

This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.

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