An Ancient Holy Land red burnished terracotta bowl of a large size. The vessel features a flared foot, an ovoid shape, and four applied ledge handles. The well levigated surface has been left undecorated, with the exception of a simple motive of incised dots running around the rim.
Date: 3100 - 2900 BC Period: Early Bronze Age/Late Chalcolithic Period Condition: Fine, signs of aging to the surface and minor chips to the rim.
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-fourth millennium BC. The shape of the bowl is irregular due to it being hand-worked – at this time the pottery wheel had not yet become ubiquitous and was not widely used. The Early Bronze Age/Late Chalcolithic Period is characterised by red burnished and grey burnished wares, which were rarely painted.
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