Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Ampul, a nearly globular vessel, a glass or earthenware flask narrowing towards the mouth, used among the Romans to hold unguents, perfumes, etc. Such vials were also used later for ecclesiastical purposes, such as holding the oil for consecration or coronation, containing the relics of saints. The Ampulla is the sacred vessel containing the oil used in the coronation service.