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Spouted jar

Spouted jar from Salut (IMTO archive)

Muscat, Office of the Adviser to HM the Sultan for Cultural Affairs
Ceramic; D (base) 10, H 14
Iron Age: 1100 BC
Bridge-spouted jars, as the one in the picture, represent a key type for the sites of south-eastern Arabia during the Iron Age. With a capacity of less than half liter and a large spout with a u-shaped end, these jars were probably used for pouring liquids into other vessels. They have been recovered in different archaeological contexts (settlements, graves, collective buildings, cultic sites, etc.) but it seems they were mostly used in social contexts where drinks where shared among the participants. (AP)