‘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 Lidded Alabaster Container
A fine Trans Jordan alabaster container featuring its original, well-preserved lid. The vessel sits on a flat base with a short foot, from which its body raises into vertical walls and drastically bends inwards at the waist. The inverted shoulders open at the top into a small mouth, upon which rests the lid. This presents a decorative handle comprised of a crenellated crest which runs across the circular base.
Condition: Fine condition, very minor scratches to the surface.