Conical large terracotta amphora, 18th & 19th century, used for the marine transport and storage of olive oil and wine. These jars are commonly found decorating Maltese gardens. Their conical bottoms allowed easier placing of these cumbersome jars in on-board sand ballast.
Although commonly found, there is no known manufacture of the jars in the Maltese Islands and their origin is Mediterranean coastal trade zones.
Below: French Biot Pot (ca 1800) with glazed interiors and rims, used for the storage of oil. Although commonly found, there is no known manufacture of similar jars in the Maltese Islands and their origin remains Mediterranean coastal trade zones.
Roman period terracotta amphora
Punic, Greek and Roman earthenware