This is an oil or perfume bottle dating from Roman times, known as an unguentarium. This example is terracotta, but similarly shaped bottles were also made in glass.
By contrast, this unguentarium was bought from an antiques warehouse in Newark for just pounds 20.
The case was filled with precious personal objects- a couple of bronze finger rings, a pair of tweezers, two combs and an alabaster unguentarium vessel - a vase-shaped jar - of Egyptian origins.
This is most likely due to the sealing of the alabaster unguentarium by the clayish earth, which prevented contact with oxygen," said Ribechini.
Behind this vessel is a woman carrying another vessel with a round mouth and pointed end, possibly an unguentarium
. The woman behind this one carries a large basket or chest, and at her feet is a footed bowl.
Possibly Roman are a probable bulbous unguentarium
fragment, an Eastern Sigillata A fragment, and a possible burned Sigillata fragment.
Best classified as an unguentarium
; its ceramic quality is that of Hellenistic lekanai.