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Alongside amphorae and barrels, containers used from antiquity to the late Middle Ages for storing and transporting wine. They were made from goat's, cow's or pig's bellows (flayed animal skin with hair or fur). The picture on the left shows a Silen (figure from Greek mythology, similar to a satyr) with a wineskin around 340 to 320 BC (under his right forearm). The well-known saying of Jesus in the Bible in the Gospel of Matthew (9.16 to 9.17) "of new wine in old wineskins" refers to leather containers of this kind. In ancient Rome, these were called culleus. In some southern countries, such containers are still used for simple or rustic wines. In Spain, larger-volume wineskins are called cuero and the handy drinking bags are called bota de vino. The picture on the right shows a wineskin made of goatskin from the present day, based on a historical model.

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