Dating from the 6th-8th centuries, a decorative Byzantine jug in copper alloy with original handle and medallions.
An almost identical example with lid is held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY with the following information:
"The medallions wrapping around the neck of this jug, which was probably used to store liquids, are decorated with images of mounted riders. Such images were associated with the Holy Rider, who warded away evil, as well as with hunters who were identified with abundance and prosperity."
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