Nabatean Redware Vessel with Spout


A fine Nabatean redware vessel featuring a globular body, resting on a flat circular base. A short neck rises from the centre of the vessel which then flares out into a wide bowl shaped mouth with a small circular opening. A flat handle, with two incised grooves, is joined from the rim of the vessel to the rounded shoulder. A small tapered spout has been attached to the side near the handle. Around the lower half of the vessel and over the flat base are irregular, concentric, circular grooves.

Date: Circa 1st century BC - 1st century AD
Provenance: From an important collection of Holy Land pottery formed pre 1988, thence by descent.
Condition: Excellent Condition. There is a crack at the top right side of the handle, and a small chip on the rim. There are slight scratches and earthly encrustations consistent with age.

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SKU: MJ-46 Category: Tags: ,

The Nabataean tribes first encroached upon Jordan and the surrounding area sometime in the 6th century BC. Thought of originally as 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. Since the 1st century BC, the Nabateans developed a specific and characteristic style in their pottery production, without any reference to the Hellenistic artistic tradition. Nabatean pottery is characterised by the bright red terracotta, fine modelling and painted decoration, along with the smooth and matte finishing. 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.

Weight 180 g
Dimensions L 10.5 x W 10.2 x H 7.8 cm


Pottery and Porcelain


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