Tell El-Yahudiyeh Earthenware Single Handled Amphora


An elegant, Egyptian, Tell el-Yahudiyeh earthenware amphora. The amphora has an outsplayed rim and flaring, cylindrical neck which extends into a large, globular body with carinated shoulders. The body ends in a small, rounded flat base.  A single, applied handle extends from the vessel’s rim to its shoulder.  Two incised bands of repeating oblique strokes decorate the body. Beneath the earthly encrustation, the original brown earthenware colour can still be glimpsed.

N.B. Please note that the vessel does not stand unaided.

Date: Circa 1800-1550 BC
Condition: Good condition. Earthly encrustations to the surface.

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Tell el-Yahudiyeh ware refers to a distinctive group of earthenware from the late Middle Bronze Age to the Second Intermediate Period. It was recovered for the first time at the Tell el-Yahudiyeh site, located in the eastern Nile Delta in Egypt. Pottery of this type, however, has also been recovered in Cyprus and in the Levantine region, showing its wide distribution and use. It was first identified as a distinctive ware type by the famous archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie, during his excavations on site. These wares are defined by their distinctive mode of decoration, applied after slipping and burnishing. The patterns were created by repeatedly “pricking” the surface of the vessels with a sharp object in order to create a large array of motifs, which appear in the form of lines, stripes, triangles, squares and, rarely, circles. 

Weight 543 g
Dimensions W 14 x H 19 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For similar: The Metropolitan Museum, New York, item 22.1.211

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