Holy Land Bronze Age Bilbil


A grey pottery flask with bulbous body, ring base, tapering neck, flared rim, and strap handle to the rear. It is decorated with pale cream hatching and bands around the body and neck. The vessel is a locally made imitation of similar vessels imported from Cyprus: they differ from the prototype mainly in that they are wheel-made, following local Canaanite custom, instead of hand-made, like all Cypriot vessels.

Date: Second half of the second millennium BC.
Provenance: From a German collection; acquired on the German art market before 1990.
Condition: Fine condition. Repair to the rim.


SKU: AS-3043 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. 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.

Weight 370 g
Dimensions H 15 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For similar examples see items 7, 8 and 9; plate 56; Ruth Amiran; Ancient Pottery of the Holy Land, Jerusalem, 1963.