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3187C

Carthaginian Creme Slipped Pottery Jug with Handle
Item No. 3187C

200 B.C.-200 A.D. Carthage, N/A, Tunisia
Earthenware
8.25" x 0" x 0"
( 20.955 x 0 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)

This single handled pouring vessel is elegant in its simplicity and beautiful in its contrasting shapes and volumes. The bottom of the vessel forms a high profile from which the upper part of the jug gracefully curves upward. Above it is a long tubular neck, meeting the thick rim, which is formed as a small triangle at the side of a circle to make pouring liquid easy and clean. The graceful curving handle is decorated with four parallel raised lines formed by gauging three troughs in the original flat handle. This shape is very similar to other pouring vessels and oil lamps characteristic of this time period in both Carthage and Rome.

Carthage refers both to the ancient city in North Africa located in modern day Tunis and to the civilization that developed within the itís sphere of influence. Heavily influenced by Greece and Rome, Carthaginian ceramics, especially utilitarian wares such as this, are usually either low fired red terracotta wares or plain terracotta with a beige slip.

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