Primative Clay Earthenware Canteen Mayan Aztec Mexican Peruvian

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Seller: sarahsilk (305) 100%, Location: Berea, Ohio, Ships to: US, Item: 264245487367 This belonged to my great aunt from Italy. She moved here in the 1920s and brought a lot of things with her. She was also an avid world traveler. I have heard stories about her travels and the fact that you never knew what she may bring home! I found this in her house in 1984 after she passed away. There were all kinds of other things in her house but I always wondered about this thing. Back in the 1990s I was in a few Yahoo! Groups, (is that even a thing anymore?) that were dedicated to antiques and things of that nature. A couple people on these groups claimed that they were experts or at least semi-knowledgeable. One even claimed to be a paleontologist or something like that. Here's what I have heard: These were in Mexican Cantina's somewhere from the 1600s through to the late 1700s. These were used to store tequila. Mayans, Aztec and or Mexican people used them to keep their milk cool by filling them with milk and placing them in underground storage dug into the clay in the earth. I have also heard that it may be Peruvian. Bed warmers. People filled them with piping hot water and put them under their blankets and the steam would float out of the little nipple on the side of the jug. That's it! I really don't know much about it except for the fact that I used to always see it sitting on top of her player piano. I am fairly certain that it is made out of fired clay. The jug. Not the piano! Before anyone asks, NO, there are no distinguishing marks, (such as a maker's mark or identifier) nor any writing on this item! Thank you everyone for your interest. There are a few images that seem like the highs are blown out. I did that on purpose in Photoshop to reveal what I can only assume is the mold marks in which this jug was created. One image shows a white arrow pointing to 2 lines that appear to be tool marks that were used to move the hot jugs around. (Insert funny comments here) Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

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