Large Holy Land Terracotta Bowl with Finger-Pinched Decorations


A large, finely executed Holy Land terracotta bowl, featuring smooth sloping sides and finger-pinched decoration. The thin walls of the bowl flare upwards into a wide mouth with an everted rim. The bowl sits on a circular, flattened base. A horizontal register that is composed of rectangular-shaped modellings, which might have been finger-pinched, continues around the whole bowl, vertically perforated with five pairs of lugs and a small single lug. These small lugs were meant to imitate the handles of metal wares.

Date: Circa 3rd-1st millennium BC
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 minimal chipping around the base. Signs of earthy encrustation remain visible to the body’s surface.

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SKU: HL-192 Category: Tag:

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. Pottery vessels dated to the Late Bronze Age have been widely excavated across the Holy Land, indicating the close association between terracotta vessels and the proto-urbanised life. During the Late Bronze Age, pottery bowls, with either sharp or gentle carination design, are believed to have imitated the early practices on metal wares.  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.


Weight 1100 g
Dimensions W 24.2 x H 13.8 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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