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    Greece; 4th c. BC

    Small items such as balsamaria were often fashioned to resemble ceramics and were in wide use throughout the whole of the eastern Mediterranean from the 2nd millenium to the 1st c. BC. They were core-formed with a very small space inside (sometimes only the dimensions of a narrow tube) and were used for unguents and scented aetheric oils.

    This small pitcher is an excellent example of its kind and is very similar to the oinocho‘ in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.