‘Trans-Jordan’ refers to the part of the Southern Levant which is east of the Jordan river and mostly consists of present-day Jordan. Throughout antiquity, the region of Trans-Jordan was controlled by various powers but during the Late Bronze Age collapse, the Amorites of Syria disappeared which led to the destruction of the Hittites. The decline of Assyria in the late 11th century BC permitted new, semi-nomadic peoples to take control over much of Syria and Transjordan. Pottery serves as important evidence for this region, highlighting the different cultural influences of its various occupants.
Trans-Jordan Terracotta Vessel with Ledge Handles
This large Trans-Jordan terracotta vessel presents a globular body, two small ledge handles and a flattened base. The vessel features a wide mouth with a flared rim flowing into a broad neck. The ledge handles are situated just below halfway down the vessel and are decorated with a gently crimped appearance to the edges. The vessel is unglazed, highlighting the natural colourations of the terracotta, now uneven and in some places burnished due to ageing. Some earthly accretions cover the surface.
Provenance: From the collection of a gentleman (deceased); by descent to his family residing in London, circa 1990.
Condition: Fine condition, small chip to the rim.