AN EXTERMELY RARE IRON AGE TERRACOTTA WINE STRAINER
Catalog:Pottery:Iron Age: stock #1262387
Iron Age II; 1000-800 B.C.
Composed of an ovoid body with a slightly everted rim, two applied handles, a long, applied spout and double strainers. The majority of the vessel is wheel-thrown with the handles and the spout being handmade and applied after the rest of the vessel had been completed. It is decorated with a burnished slip and alternating black and red painted decoration on the neck.
In excellent condition with a slight repair to the rim of the vessel, otherwise in original condition.
Found in biblical Shomron.
7.16 inches high x 6.14 inches wide x 4.69 inches at mouth (18.2 x 15.6 x 11.9 cm)
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
It is possible that this vessel was used for the straining of either beer or wine, although wine is more likely as the production of grapes was more common in Israel than was the production of barley.
Wine was produced in ancient Israel much in the same way as it is today, although with slightly different equipment. Wine making was an important and necessary industry of the period as fermented grape juice was a much safer beverage than water. Its production, however, required that the wine be first diluted for drinking and then strained to remove any extraneous particulates. Vessels such as these are very rare, especially in such fine condition. In general, only shards of the strainer are found regularly at archaeological excavations.