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Catalog:Pottery:Holy Land: stock #1310618

Herodian/Early Roman Period; c. 1st Century CE

This medium sized cooking pot is composed of a round body leading to a relatively long, cylindrical neck terminating in a folded rim. Two strap handles are applied from rim to shoulder. The body is decorated with a series of ribs and the entire vessel is embellished with a red burnished slip, now partially obscured by patina. The lid is conical in form, wheel-made and ribbed with a burnished slip applied.

Slight chip on lid, otherwise in excellent and original condition. Rare with lid.

Height: 14.5 cm (5.71 inches)

Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.

Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.


Stanislao Loffreda, “Holy Land Pottery at the Time of Jesus” (Jerusalem: 2003)


The Herodian period refers to the time in Israel when Herod the Great (37 BCE – 4 CE), and subsequently his sons, ruled Israel on behalf of the Romans following the fall of the Hasmonean Dynasty.

Herod has been perceived throughout history in a variety of guises, to Christians he is perhaps best known for his Slaughter of the Innocents from the gospel of Matthew and was criticized by the contemporary Jewish population for his hellenized and pagan actions. However, he was also a prolific builder who expanded the Second Temple in Jerusalem in addition to his many other construction projects including the port at Caesarea Maritima and the fortress at Masada. Regardless of one's personal feeling toward Herod, his role in shaping the history and architecture of the Holy Land can not be disputed.

“Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:21)
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