The Nabataean tribes first encroached upon Jordan and the surrounding area sometime in the 6th century BC. Thought of originally as a nomadic people they settled in the area, existing as an autonomous kingdom until the 2nd century AD, when they were finally defeated by the Romans. Nabataean pottery can roughly be grouped into two large categories; Fine ware and course ware. These two groups were then split into subcategories. Fine ware Nabataean pottery, made exclusively in and around Petra, is categorised by its very thin walls (known as egg-shell pottery), its deep red colouring and painted floral patterns. Course ware remained thicker in its measurements and undecorated.
Nabatean Redware Jug
A fine Nabatean redware jug featuring an oval body which slightly tapers in towards the base, ending in a ring foot. The shoulders slope in to create a narrow neck which flares out at the rim. A single handle has been applied to the upper neck and shoulder. The smooth outer walls present faint ridges, showing how the clay was worked during the wheel-production process.
Provenance: From an important collection of Holy Land pottery formed pre 1988, thence by descent.
Condition: Excellent condition, some residue to the body from a previous label.