A very small jug, either ornamental or used to hold small amounts of oil or cooking salts. Probably produced in Beth Shean by the material and simplicity of the design; such pots were mass-produced but not profitable if exported long distances. Large vessels, used for storing water or olive oil, had to be reconstructed by the excavators; smaller vessels such as bowls were more likely to survive intact.
Provenience: LTN house IV
Date: 400 - 600 C.E.
Object Number: 29-102-981
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