Olive Jar Physical Object
Creation Datecirca 1620
DescriptionIntact earthenware olive jar. Absent section in shoulder area. Tapering ovoid form, molded lip. Has two marks at the shoulder. Five pointed star mark on one side and an "asterisk" on another.
56.0 by 35.2 cm in diameter.
Exhibition LabelCase Caption:
Gift of Jamestown Inc., Museum Purchase Fund
1986.008.0841, 1986.008.0852, 1986.008.0891,1986.008.1106-7
Spanish galleons are particularly known for their profusion of earthenware containers. Varying in size, these held items that ranged from water and wine to medicine and even olives. Sealed with a wooden bung at the top, they were watertight, and their shape made it easy to stack them on a lower deck, leaning against each other and not likely to roll.
Some people marked their jars with their logos to make sure they received the right goods. While many broken jars were found on the wreck sites of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita, the intact jars came from a smaller ship in the fleet, the Buen ]esus.