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Storage Jar

Storage Jar

Probably North Africa, 1st century B.C.E.-2nd century C.E.
  • Clay: hand-coiled, slipped, and fired
  • Height: 41 1/8 in. (104.5 cm) Diameter: 11 5/8 in. (29.6 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of the Betty and Max Ratner Collection, 1982-27
  • Digital image © 2006 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama
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Storage Jar



  • Describe the shape of this object. What problems might a jar with this shape present? Why might someone make a jar with a pointy bottom? If you wanted to stand this jar upright, how would you do that?

  • This jar is about three feet tall. What do you think it was made to hold? What makes you say that?

  • How do you think this jar was made?


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

  • This jar was used to carry wine from Italy to Israel. 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?

  • Why do you think this jar is so simply made and not decorated? What kinds of objects could you compare it to today?

  • How do you think people kept the wine from spilling out of jars like this?


  • Ancient Trade and Commerce
  • Pottery
  • The Roman Period