A beautiful Early Bronze Age jar featuring net painting and ledge handles.
The net painting would have been applied by hand using a red slip. Much of the decoration survives well and covers most of the vessel. The wide neck of the Jar is accentuated with lines of decoration, both around its narrowest point, and before the net pattern begins. The ledge handles, which are decorated too, are placed just below half way of the vessel’s height. Ledge handles were important and popular in the Early Bronze Age Period.
Date: Circa 2000 BC Condition: In good condition, some damage to ledge handles and slight earthly encrustations on surface.
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. One of the most important discoveries about the period is the link between the Early Bonze Age and the First Dynasty of Egypt, which was 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 period. Numerous other types of vessels are known from this area.
The false spout is very interesting and important. It has been suggested that it would have functioned as a stand for a small dipper-jug. This style of jar was in production until Early Bronze Age II.
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