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Clay flasks used to carry liquids, usually water for travelers as they rode or walked from one place to another.
Clay flasks such as you see here, were the canteens of ancient times. Travelers would carry water in them to quench their thirst as they traveled the hot and dusty roads in the middle east in ancient times. Today we rely on a thermos bottle for much the same today. The clay containers of those early times kept the liquid inside cool through evaporation too. Ah, a cool sip of water, what a relief in those hot climates!

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