Clay jug (00117)

BXM: 000117
Exhibition room: I.2 Secular life

Date: 6th c.

Dimensions (cm): 15 Χ 6,4
Provenance: Athens

Clay jug with handle.  It has a ring base and an ovoid body.  It has a tall, cylindrical neck

ending in a ring-shaped rim, with a strongly projecting lip and small spout.  A reddish

brown slip covers all the inner and outer surfaces of the vessel.  On the body we can

see "gouged" decoration, as it was called by the excavators of the Athens Agora, the

main feature of which is a series of slanting grooves.
It is an everyday household utensil, which was used as a grave gift in a tomb excavated

in the Vyronas area. It probably came from a provincial workshop which produced poor

quality pottery to meet the everyday needs of the local population.  It is dated to the

Early Christian period, ca. 6th century.