A MIDDLE BRONZE AGE AMPHORA FROM THE HOLY LAND
Catalog:Pottery:Bronze Age: stock #1315647
Middle Bronze Age II B-C (c. 1730-1550 BCE)
This vessel is composed primarily of an ovoid body which tapers to a point at the base for ease of storage. The neck of the amphora is short and wide, terminating in a thick, profiled rim. Two handles are attached just below the shoulders for transportation purposes. Decoration of the vessel is minimal, limited to a combed band of straight lines on the shoulder of the amphora.
In excellent condition with a slight chip on the rim. Produced in the Holy Land using local clay with inclusions. Natural patina present.
Height: 42 cm (16.53 inches); Width: 40 cm (15.75 inches)
Display Stand, Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Amiran, Ruth, â€śAncient Pottery of the Holy Landâ€ť (Rutgers University Press, 1970), 102-105; pl. 32.
Amphorae were ancient storage vessels used for a variety of liquids and food stuffs, including but not limited to, wine, olive oil and garum. Amphorae were used on an industrial scale to the shipment of items but were also used for storage in the home or public buildings. The liquid would then be removed from the amphora into a more suitable container to be used.