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Spanish term (also Tanella, Tenalla, Tenaxa, Tinajón) for a large clay or earthenware vessel with a volume of up to several thousand litres, which has evolved from the amphora. There are different variants and sizes in slender, bulbous and rounded shapes, as well as with and without handles. In the past, it was also a hollow measure for liquids for the trade in coconut oil and liquid indigo. The vessel is still used to some extent today, particularly in Castilla-La Mancha (where it symbolises the region), Montilla-Moriles and Valdepeñas for fermenting and storing wine, as well as oil and cereals, but also for storing meat. Similar vessels are dolium (Roman), kvevri (Georgian), pithos (Greek) and talha (Portuguese, here also jarro, pote and tinha). See also under wine vessels.

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