A CANAANITE PILGRIM FLASK FROM THE HOLY LAND
Catalog:Pottery:Holy Land: stock #1370969
Late Bronze Age IIA; 1400-1300 BCE
Called a pilgrim flask due to its portability and favor among pilgrims traveling in the Holy Land this form has been prominent in the region since the Late Bronze Age, making this piece one of the earliest examples of its type. Made of thick clay the body of the vessel is lentoid and is decorated with painted red concentric circles. The neck is short and has an thick rim. Two handles are applied on either side of the neck and are attached with clay applied to the neck. This applied clay creates a â€śpetalâ€ť shape on the neck, which, in addition to being an attractive decorative element is characteristic of Late Bronze Age IIA production.
In excellent condition.
From a private American collection.
Ruth Amiran, â€śAncient Pottery of the Holy Landâ€ť, (Rutgers University Press, 1970), p.166-167; pl. 51.