The Holy Land was the first region to enter the Bronze Age, which began with the rise of the Mesopotamian civilisation 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. This is shown through the presence of Canaanite vessels among 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 with Finger-Pinched Decorations
A finely moulded, large Holy Land terracotta bowl, featuring a flat ring foot base, from which the vessels walls extend outwards. The shoulders curve in slightly finishing with a wide, everted rim. A horizontal register embellishes the neck with numerous oval-shaped motifs that protrude slightly from the surface. Four small lug handles are evenly placed along the motifs.
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 around the rim and the base along with the handles. Signs of earthy encrustation remain visible to the surface.