Early Bronze Age Ceramic Jar

£ 325.00

An Early Bronze Age terracotta jar of globular body with ledge handles. Uneven rim, traces of slip still visible. Red-brownish colour was used on this item, common to this period as well as the ledge handles. The holemouth rim first appeared in the Chalcolithic period in the Ghassulian culture and enjoyed widespread popularity in the Early Bronze Age. The ledge handle itself was quite diversified that it even has a separate typology; this one would belong to Type 1 – plain, according to Amiran. Paired with the holemouth rim, the two features were the main characteristics of jars in the Early Bronze Age.

Date: Circa 3rd-1st Millennium BC
Condition: Very fine, complete and intact. Traces of the original pigmentation still visible on the item's surface.


Product Code: HLS-02

The Holy Land was the first region to enter the Bronze Age, which began with the rise of the Mesopotamian civilization of Sumer in the mid-4th millennium BC. The Bronze Age period covered an entire millennium. One of the major discoveries about the period is the link between the Early Bronze Age and the First Dynasty of Egypt, which is based on the presence of Canaanite vessels among the funerary offerings in the royal tombs of the First Dynasty. These vessels have become one of the cornerstones in the chronology of the Near East in the Early Bronze period. Numerous other types of vessels are known from this area.

To discover more about pottery from this region, please visit our relevant post: Holy Land Pottery.

Dimensions W 12.5 x H 10.8 cm



Near East (Western Asiatic)

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