Ancient Terracotta Jar, Roman North Africa (3195A-DAE)


H: 4.625”  Dia: 3.625″ | FREE SHIPPING

Terracotta pottery jarlets from Roman North Africa were used as oil, perfume, ointment or cosmetic containers and are a mini version of a Greek wine jug (oenochoe). Not used for wine as it has no handle, its globular body fits well in the hand making it easy to grip. It stands on a low foot and has ribbing (grooved furrows) around its body. It survived intact, has no repairs and is otherwise in very good condition with expected losses, minor chips and some discoloration to the slip due to its age.


This small earthenware terracotta jarlet resembling a Greek oenochoe was made using a potter’s wheel, fired in a kiln, and is one of many pouring-vessels used throughout the Roman Empire. Influenced by Greek wares and made in Roman-North-Africa ceramic centers in the region called Africa-Proconsularis, these were made of clay, have little decoration, and are covered with a beige or white slip that fired to a color dependant on firing temperatures and the slip color. Known as Roman Coarse Wares, these functional-and-utilitarian jars were made for daily use for ordinary people and rarely had stamped designs. Designs, if any, were usually confined to simple linear decorations or patterns etched on the surface while object turned on the wheel such as the ribbing here. Made without frills for durability, a slip made it less porous. It likely fell in the kiln, as one side is a but flat and lost some ribbing making its stance is slightly askew.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 6 in

Ancient, Roman Empire


1st-3rd Century C.E.

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 4.625" Dia: 3.625”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 11.7475cm Dia: 9.2075cm


7.2 oz


Very good, see description

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