Such jars are largely documented all throughout the Near Eastern world. Our example is simply globular, but nevertheless very elegant. The bottom of the vessel is slightly flattened, so as to provide a minimum balance. The circular mouth is delineated by a flat, angular lip. The capacity of the vessel is less important as might have been expected, since its interior is cylindrical and does not follow the curvature of the outer profile: this jar would have therefore been intended to store a liquid product or an ointment, which would have served as cosmetic or during rituals. The lid, which would have been made of clay or of a perishable material, could be attached under the lip.
The carver certainly used a rotating technique, probably employing some sort of lathe: the vessel was hollowed out using a bow drill and polished with sand or with a harder stone.
In ancient times, stone was largely used for the manufacture of containers of various shapes and sizes: stone vases, considered as luxury goods, were used in everyday life, but were also found in the tombs of high-ranking individuals and in the treasures of sanctuaries.
The ancient iconography of the Egyptian funerary paintings seems to indicate that the stone carvers started by stabilizing the vase in a hole in the ground or on a worktable. Then they sculpted and polished the exterior before hollowing out the interior with a drill.