Ancient Earthenware Jarlet, Roman North Africa (3195A-DAE) $225


H: 4.625”  Dia: 3.625″ | FREE SHIPPING

Earthenware 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, it has no handle, its shape fits well in the hand making it easy to grip and it is idecorated with ribbing and grooved furrows) around its body.


This small earthenware jarlet was made using a potter’s wheel, fired in a kiln and is one of many pouring-vessels used throughout the Roman-Empire. It was made in a ceramics center in Africa-Proconsularis, the name for Roman-North-Africa territories. Made from clay, it is covered with a beige or white slip. These functional jars and other daily-use objects were made for ordinary people and their decorations, if any, were confined to simple linear patterns or grooved furrows etched on the surface while the object turned on the wheel such as the ribbing here. Made without frills for durability, a slip made it less porous. This one likely fell in the kiln, as one side is flat and lost some ribbing making its stance is slightly askew. 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 use and age. It stands on a low foot and remains a good example of a ceramic item from ancient history and the Roman-Empire.

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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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