Transportation or Storage Jar from Madaba

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 18 February 2019

Large jar built up with coils of clay and then trimmed upside down on the wheel. Its base is tapered making the form similar to a plumb-bob when hanged by the handles. This type of jar was commonly associated with administrative and trade centers where large quantities were transported or stored. The form of the jar indicates that it was made to contain liquids. Two rectangular holes in the upper body were cut after firing, probably for ease of emptying the liquid when tilting. Iron Age II, 9th to 8th century BCE. From Umm al-Qanafidh in Madaba, Jordan.


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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