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BIRCH MUG / TANNER GOODS

A modern variation of a classic silhouette, this shape is designed for your favorite caffeinated morning beverage, whether that’s coffee or tea. The vessel holds 12 oz. of liquid, with an elegant handle and tapered foot that’s stable, even when you’re not. Like us, Mazama is focused on making lasting items, here in the US, which fit into the ritual moments of our days, like a great cup of coffee, a craft beer or some well-chosen liquor. So we’ve teamed up with them for a special edition of three Mazama pieces that reflect how we’d like to be drinking these days.  

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Greek Plastic Terracotta  Foot Vase with Lion Mask, c. 4th-3rd Century BC

This vessel, which certainly served for the storage of precious oils or perfumes, would have been filled through the holes that are visible on the upper part: the concave shape would have allowed the collecting of the liquid flowing off. The spout is at the Achilles tendon level and represents the head of a lion, the pierced mouth of which enabled the pouring of the liquid. This element, attested on many small plastic vases or on contemporary askoi, probably refers to the gargoyles of the temples or fountains that represented feline heads in the Greek world.

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Syrian Terracotta ‘Conestoga’ Covered Wagons, c. 2000-1600 BC


These simple ceramic vehicles reflect the distinctive moment when men first used domesticated animals to draw wheeled vehicles, thus beginning powered transport on land.  Probably drawn by a pair of bovids, these wagon models may have been intended for cult use, or as grave gifts, to be left in shrines, sacred caches, or tombs. Although drawings of wheeled vehicles occur all over Eurasia, this seminal development in human culture probably originated in Mesopotamia or the Russian Steppes in the late 3rd millennium BC.