Ancient Biblical Judean Iron Age wine decanter, 700 BC
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All Items: Antiques:Regional Art:Ancient World:Holy Land:Pottery: Pre AD 1000: item # 1213781
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
From Jerusalem, a very attractive ancient Biblical Judean "Israelite" red-slip metallic quality highly burnished pottery wine decanter, nicely made in a graceful tall body, narrow concave-sided neck with horizontal ridge at midpoint, flaring toward rim; downward sloping shoulder has carinated join with piriform body, which has widest diameter near base; rim everted on interior and exterior. forming a rolled, molded lip, ring base. Dated from, 800 - 586 BC
Inscriptional evidence has enabled archaeologists to reconstruct that at least one product decanters were used for was wine. One possible translation of an inscription on a decanter from Lachich suggests it stored dark or smoked wine. A second Lachish decanter bears the inscription"extract (or Wine) of black raisins". Raisin wine was also know from the 8th century BC in Greece, is mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud, and was made by Palestinian Arabs until the beginning of the 20th century.
Measurements: Height:19 cm - Diameter: 13 cm - Height on stand: 22 cm
Condition: Minor crack hard to see otherwise intact
Found in Hebron south of Jerusalem, Israel
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REF. Israel in Antiquity ( The Jewish Museum /New York.