From:UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis small plainware jug is possibly Romano-Egyptian. It appears to have been hastily made, as the reddish-brown clay is quite thick and the handle is crudely made and attached at the mouth and shoulder. The lip has been pulled forward slightly with a finger to make pouring easier. A small ring foot at the base helps stabilise the round body, which has been decorated with horizontal grooves running around it.
Given the size of the vessel, it is unlikely it was used for wine serving, although the shape is very similar to other larger jugs that were. Instead, it was possibly used for oil or perfume, and could have been a funerary token for a loved one's grave. Tokens of oils, perfumes, wine and other goods were left with the buried to accompany them to a good afterlife.
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyRomano-Egyptian
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
TechniqueGlazing (coating process)
MeasurementsHeight 91mm; Diameter 70mm
Subject and Association KeywordsFood history
Subject and Association KeywordsMourning customs
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by Mrs Broadhead, 1968. From the collection of Professor H.D. Broadhead.
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