The Holy Land was the first region to enter the Bronze Age, which began with the rise of the Mesopotamian civilisation of Sumer in the mid-fourth millennium BC. The Bronze Age then went on to span an entire millennium. The presence of Canaanite vessels among the funerary offerings in the royal tombs of the First Dynasty of Egypt has revealed an important link between this period and the Early Bonze Age. These vessels have become a cornerstone in the chronology of the Near East in the Early Bronze period. Numerous other types of vessels are known from this area.
Holy Land Vessel with Ledge Handles
A Holy Land vessel of spherical shape with two small ledge handles, standing on a flat base. Its wide mouth has a slightly flared rim, which is decorated with incised and raised dots in alteration – a design also visible at the base of the neck. The handles are decorated with a gently crimped appearance to the edges, in the pushed-up ledge style. The axis at which the handles meet the body is the vessel’s widest point. The vessel may have been used for storage, although the handles suggest that the vessel was grasped in the hands, rather than lifted by them.
Period: Middle Bronze Age
Condition: In good condition, some mild earthly encrustations.