Height: 20.500 cm
Gift of Felix Slade
Room 41: Europe AD 300-1100
Germanic, later 3rd century
Found in a male grave near Leuna, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany (1834)
The jar is burnished, imitating the sheen of
imported Roman metal vessels, and has rusticated decoration on the
lower half. Other objects were found at the time, possibly in the
same grave, though no detailed records of the discovery survive.
These include luxury Roman 'imports', which may
have been diplomatic gifts to obtain the friendship or alliance of
a local leader beyond the Roman frontier: cut glass from the
eastern Mediterranean, a red
Pottery vessels were made in individual households in western Germanic regions. The use of the potter's wheel was unknown. Instead the pots were built up from coils or small slabs of clay. The surfaces were then smoothed before firing in a bonfire covered with turf. Regional forms can often be distinguished, but the decoration could be more individualistic and both forms and patterns could change with fashion over time.
W. Schulz, Leuna. Ein Germanischer Best-1 (Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, 1953)