On display

The bottle almost certainly comes from a funerary context at Gurob (see Nielsen, 2014 pp. 483-8) . It is a closed vessel with an egg-shaped body and a narrow neck, concluding in a protruding ring immediately below the vessel’s lip. The exterior of the vessel, especially along the bottom, is coated with a thick red slip that while peeling and broken in places, especially on the shoulder of the vessel, is still smooth to the touch. The shape is diagnostic in that the narrow opening (interior diameter: 3.0 cm) could not have accommodated many types of solid objects. Instead the vessel is ideal for liquids. It seems reasonable to suggest that this bottle was placed in a grave as a beer container, although because of its suitability for liquids in general it is could have been utilised for other beverages such as water, milk or wine.