The Holy Land was the first region to enter the Bronze Age, which began with the rise of the Sumerian Empire 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 Age period. Numerous other types of vessels are known from this area.
Holy Land Terracotta Jug with a Vertical Handle
A finely moulded Holy Land terracotta jug which features a conical, pyriform, body and gradually tapering into a flared neck with smooth, sloping walls. It has a wide mouth with an everted rim. A vertical handle is attached to one side of the vessel, bridging the neck and the body. The body rises from a delicate, short ring base.
Provenance: From an important collection of Holy Land pottery formed before 1988 by a deceased gentleman, passed by descent to the family.
Condition: Fine condition, with minor chips to the rim and to the peripheral areas of the ring base. Signs of erosion and earthy encrustations remain visible to the surface.