The Holy Land was the first region to enter the Bronze Age, which began with the rise of the Mesopotamian civilization of Sumer in the mid-4th millennium BC. The Bronze Age period covered an entire millennium. One of the major discoveries about the period is the link between the Early Bronze Age and the First Dynasty of Egypt, which is based on the presence of Canaanite vessels among the funerary offerings in the royal tombs of the First Dynasty. 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 Terracotta Bowl
A finely moulded Holy Land terracotta bowl, featuring a narrow concave pedestal base, from which the bowl’s body gradually flares into a slight carinated shoulder. It has a wide opening with a straightened lip. Four well-spaced, thumb-indented ledge handles are sculpted around the bowl’s shoulder.
Provenance: From an important collection of Holy Land pottery formed before 1988 by a deceased gentleman, then acquired by family's descendants
Condition: Fine condition, with minor chips to the rim. Parts of the lip show visible repair signs.