Antique Berber Terracotta Water Jar
Morocco is renowned for its handcrafts, thanks in large part to the patronage of the Almoravid dynasty of the 11th and 12th centuries. The ruling class invested heavily into learning and skilled artisans honed techniques that were passed down through generations. Later support from the Marinid sultanate kept the traditions alive as the world became an increasingly global community – or, at the very least, aware of each other. Aesthetically inclined collectors in the surrounding regions made efforts to acquire Moroccan vessels for display in their riads, palazzi and villas.
In cities like Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, and Rabat, ancient technique persists. Over the past several hundred years, Moroccan artisans have produced some of the most lucid and profane household objects in the known world. Casa Berbere has assembled a choice collection of chic Moroccan objects that elevate a space’s savoir-vivre, that conjure the wafting scent of open-air spice barrels and the sultry tangerine melodies of ancient medinas beneath an altar of fantastically thin palm trees.
This particular water jar was discovered in late 2019 on one of our expeditions, and is an extremely rare find. The intriguing shape of this water vessel is unique, and was reserved for special occasions in the desert regions and each was individually commissioned. This jar, dating back over 150 years, is a robust example of this genre, measuring at 17" wide, 17" deep, with a height of 15". Local vendors in Morocco had told us they couldn't be found since many of these antique pots had been exported to Europe. Finally, we found a private collection in a yard which hadn't been opened for years, and we are thrilled to offer this limited, unique item as part of our curation.
This is a rare find, and we may not see many more of these available for purchase.