Iron Age Holy Land Greyware Ampule

£ 175.00

A quaint little greyware ampule from the Holy Land, dating back to the Iron Age. The piece, with a pear-shaped body and a round flaring mouth atop a cylindrical neck, features two small handles on the shoulders, pierced and which were used to hang the container in the air. It most likely contained something precious, like honey, oil or spices, and it is a great example demonstrating the daily life and culture of the ancient Israelites.

Date: Circa 1200 – 600 BC.
Period: Iron Age.
Provenance: Ex. S.M. collection, London 1948-2000.
Condition: Extremely fine.


Product Code: HLS-12

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 7.5 x H 10 cm



Near East (Western Asiatic)

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