Carination is a term which refers to sharp curvature in terracotta pottery. Following the invention of the potter’s wheel in the second millennium, potters were able to fashion clay into vessels with sharper and more distinctive forms, fashions, and designs. Carination is also a means for archaeologists to distinguish between Early Bronze Age pottery, which was handmade, and Middle Bronze Age pottery, which was wheel-made and often featured carinated designs. Most of the Bronze Age terracotta bowls from the Holy Land were made for a daily purpose. These vessels have become one of the cornerstones in the chronology of the Near East in the Early Bronze period. Numerous other types of vessels are known from this area.
Holy Land Off-White Terracotta Bowl with a Ring Base
A finely sculpted, delicate Holy Land off-white terracotta bowl, featuring an ovally globular body that is supported on a prominent ring base. It has a carinated shoulder, from which the walls of the body sharply taper into a short neck with sloping sides. This bowl features a wide opening with a slightly everted lip. Given the thinness of its wall and the radiating, horizontal lines protrude from the interior space, this bowl might have been a fine example of wheel-made pottery.
Condition: Fine condition, with minor chips around the lip. Sings of earthy encrustations remain visible to the surface. Professional repairs to the rim.