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Shipping Jug

Shipping Jug

Probably Italy, 1st-2nd century C.E.
  • Glass: mold-blown
  • Height: 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) Length: 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm) Width: 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of Judith Riklis, 1981-289
  • Digital image © 2006 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama
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Shipping Jug



  • What material do you think this bottle is made of? Why do you say that?

  • Take a look at the shape of the shipping bottle. Why would this vessel be good for shipping? Why might it not be?

  • What might be put in this bottle?

  • Notice the handle on this bottle. Does it look like an effective handle to you? Why or why not? How might it have been used?


After giving students ample opportunity to examine this object, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes:

  • Do you think it is rare or common for archaeologists to find bottles like this from before the first century BCE. Why do you think that is?

  • Glass was originally considered a very valuable material in the ancient world, but by the 1st century CE, it was becoming much less expensive. What could explain that?

  • This bottle may have been used to ship liquids across the Mediterranean Sea. Why do you think people shipped wine and other products hundreds of miles from one place to another? Why do countries import and export consumer products today?

  • How have the methods and technologies associated with shipping and trade changed over the centuries?


  • Ancient Glass
  • The Roman Period
  • Trade and Commerce