Terracotta Jug from the Holy Land

£ 200.00

A Holy Land terracotta jug set on a short cylindrical flat foot, featuring a low squatting body and a long vertical handle that begins at the widest part of the body and ends on the wide neck just below the everted, funnel-mouthed rim. This is a very common thick-walled jug-form 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 accretions over whole. Some chips to the rim, one perforation to the side. The surface is missing some of the original red slip, lost due to ageing.
Product Code: HLS-20

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 11.5 x H 10.5 cm

Near East (Western Asiatic)



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