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.
Holy Land Terracotta Burnished Bowl with Perforated Decoration
A finely sculpted Holy Land terracotta bowl, featuring an elegant, curvy profile that is shaped by its globular body. The vessel has a flat base, from which the gently slopping walls of the bowl gradually flare out into a straight, wide opening with a slightly inverted rim. A horizontal line, composed of numerous, well-spaced perforations, embellish the top of the bowl’s body. The geometric decoration along with the blacked, burnished traces that diffuse from the rim, create an aesthetic appeal. The rim is uneven, suggesting that the lip might have been re-shaped manually.
Condition: Fine condition, signs of light earthy encrustation remain visible to the surface