Large 19th Century Greek Terracotta Olive Oil Jar with Yellow Glaze and Dark Lichen Patination
Large 19th century terracotta pithari or oil jar hand made by a Koroni potter in the Peloponnese region in southern Greece having a darl lichen patination with traces of yellow glaze around the neck and lip, circa 1850s. This Greek olive oil jar features a narrow neck and typical "orcio" cruse or circular, tapering ribbed body that's defined by rings of clay. Hundreds of years ago, before olive oil was processed, bottled and shipped for export, it was stored in these types of vessels. With a high shoulder and short neck, these jars were designed to keep the oil fresh. These classic Greek jars are still used in Greek homes today for storing the family olive oil. A charming decorative accent standing alone or filled with plants. Please note that these jars were never intended for use as planters, so you will need to drill a drainage hole or have a custom liner made if you choose to use one as a planter.
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