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 major discoveries about the period is the link between the Early Bronze Age and the First Dynasty of Egypt, which is 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.
Holy Land Extremely Large Bowl
An extremely large Holy Land red burnished ware bowl, featuring a narrow concave pedestal base, from which the bowl’s body widens to its high shoulders. The shape of the bowl is irregular due to it being hand-worked: at this time the pottery wheel had not yet become ubiquitous and was not widely used. Equally spaced around the shoulders are four thumb-indented ledge handles for holding and decoration. Holy Land pottery production of this period is characterised by red burnished and grey burnished wares, which were rarely painted.
Period: Bronze Age
Condition: An extremely fine and well-preserved example of a large size.