Holy Land Squatted Amphora

£ 195.00

A Holy Land burnished squatted amphora, sitting slightly tilted on a flat, concave base, featuring a wide funnel mouth and two laterally positioned handles that join the mouth to the waist. This is a very common thick walled amphora shape used to store oils. During this period pottery finishing techniques improved: potters used a remarkable amount of red slip, applied by hand and smoothed with an irregular burnish.

Date: Circa 3rd-1st Millennium BC
Provenance: Important collection by descent, pre 1998.
Condition: Fine, with chipping to the rim, some dents to body and accretions over the whole. Some black markings over body and mineral deposits, formed due to the prolonged burial of the item in the soil.


Product Code: HLS-09

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 Age 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 11 x H 12 cm

Near East (Western Asiatic)



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