Terracotta Amphora from the Holy Land

£ 185.00

A Holy Land burnished, low squatted terracotta amphora, sitting slightly tilted on a ring foot with a slightly 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, a stable crack to the rim, otherwise complete and intact. Some accretions and earthly encrustations.
Product Code: HLS-19

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 9.5 x H 10.7 cm

Near East (Western Asiatic)



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