Ancient Terracotta Oenochoe (Wine Jug), Roman North Africa (3197A-UOM) $275


H: 4.5”  W: 3”  D: 2.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

This small wine jug was created in a Roman North Africa production center for domestic use and exported elsewhere in the empire. As the poor could only afford practical objects, potters made many functional objects using inexpensive long-lasting materials.


Oenochoe, the Greek word for wine vessel or jug, is a category of ancient Greek pottery with different variants. Copied and modified by ancient cultures, this earthenware pouring-vessel was made in a Roman-Empire pottery center in the Roman-North-Africa territory called Africa-Proconsulares and exported other areas of the Empire. Made using a potter’s wheel and covered with a slip, they were highly decorated for the rich or plain functional items like this one called coarse wares  for the lower clsses. The Greeks, Corinthians and  Romans created them as painted  pottery with complex imagery or in metal for the rich. Large stone examples with carved relief designs were  also used as grave markers. The body taper inward as it rises and is unadorned with the exception of horizontal ribbing and a slip. It was  made using a potter’s wheel. Thick for durability, the curved single handle is attached from the rim to halfway down the body and was made for comfort in handling and pouring. In very good condition, intact and without restoration, it has expected mineral and earth adhesions, minor slip losses and some darkening on its surface.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 6 in
Place of Origin

Ancient Mediterranean


Ancient, Roman Empire


Imperial Period 1st Century BCE – 4th Century CE

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 4.5” W: 3” D: 2.75”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 11.43cm W: 7.62cm D: 6.98cm




Very good, signs of age and wear consistent with age, no restorations/repairs (see description)

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