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The vases

The vases have an ancient origin, dating back to many millennia ago. They were born as receptacles, or rather as containers, in which the populations of the past had thought of arranging anything. But precisely, which are the populations who first used the jars? This question is almost impossible to answer with absolute precision, for a number of reasons that we will now list. First of all, the vases of the past were built with a material called “terracotta” (still used today), originating from the firing of clay formed and worked by hand and then clearly fired in the sun or at most in a suitable fireplace; this terracotta has the property of being simple and also quite resistant against liquids (impermeability), while it has a poor mechanical resistance and is hard, which in a nutshell means fragility. For this reason, together with the enormous amount of time that has now passed, it is possible that many vases have been destroyed, and if a population built vases first, perhaps it was so “unfortunate” that all of them have been destroyed and therefore we cannot acknowledge that. people to have started using the vases.

First uses


The vase was not born as a container to contain the earth and a plant, floral or not. Today the most popular use of this object is just that, but its birth is quite another thing. Unfortunately, it must be said that its birth is even less noble, because one of the first uses of vases is as a chamber pot; it is an extraordinary thing to think that our grandparents still had this custom (so it could be defined as millenary), but it was invented by ancient Greeks and Romans for their physiological functions during the night. But not only this was done with the first vases, because (and we hope they were other vases) they were also used as containers for food, especially for food and liquids. The difference between food and drink pots was in the shape, which for the latter was elongated and with comfortable handles to allow them to be poured. The liquids were oil and wine, the latter in particular for the ancient Romans. Subsequently, someone also began to use the vases as containers to display plants and flowers even at home, that is, far from those gardens that were available to everyone at the time. According to scholars, this merit is due in particular to the ancient Greeks, who had a strong sense of aesthetics, more than the Romans who still used this solution but more simply because they “inherited” it from the aforementioned Greeks and not for their invention. But not only that, the terracotta container (another name of the vase) could also only contain objects, that is normal things that were placed in it for convenience.

Vases and plants

The relationship between pot and plant was born when someone clearly struggled to be able to put a plant in a pot, with the aim of making it grow far from the garden. In the period we are referring to, many people had meters and meters of land at their disposal both because the population was much smaller and because there was a much freer bureaucratic situation and therefore it did not take many taxes and many documents to appropriate a plot of land; this was also true in a very negative sense, when for example some people killed the landowner and became the new owner of all his possessions. Be that as it may, it is clear that the beauty of a plant also seemed to the Greeks to be wasted in a garden; they, as we have already said, loved art and aesthetics,

Ancient vases

We have seen how the vase was born and what was the origin of its combination with plants and flowers. Well, today many people would like to own a very ancient vase of flowers, but not for the flowers, but for the vase that will be precious and rare, as well as envied by everyone. This satisfaction (ephemeral, according to our personal opinion), however, cannot find real confirmation, at least legitimately, because in Italy there is a law that prohibits the possession of vases of ancient origin. It is true that they circulate on the black market, but it is also true that counterfeiters have become real masters and it is also true that they risk large fines and even prison.

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