To relate the history of the olive tree we have chosen a few
precious testimonies. A voice narrates the surprising vicissitudes
and the particularly crucial events that the olive tree was
submitted to during the thousands of years. Remnants of wild olive
trees grown millions of years ago, remnants of the oldest
domesticated trees, commercial letters dealing with quantities of
oil consumed almost five thousand years ago, antique cruets and
containers that take us back through time.
These antique inscriptions are the registered accounts of the
buying and selling of oil. They document the diffusion and
consumption of olive oil, the commercial transactions and the
attention given by the longstanding aquirents to the quality of
of which is inscribed “25 sila (about 25 litres) of the highest
quality olive oil, by purchase of Signore “pqu-Lisi, that signor
Sin-Ashared paid on the third day of the month”.
Type of fabrication: hand incision
Place of origin: Babylon
Dated: 2000 B.C.
Function. A commercial inscription