Rare Ancient Roman Limestone fragment,1st Century AD
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1178046
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Directly from Jerusalem, RARE, ancient Roman limestone fragment "Probably from a large Krater", dated from the second temple period in Jerusalem, 1st Century AD.
They are presumably from a cave found as a workshop for these in the hills of Jerusalem.
This type of items were found in the burnt house of the Second temple period in old city of Jerusalem. The priests were required at all times to be ritually pure and since stone vessels (unlike metal and pottery) cannot be defiled they preferred their use. Vessels of this type were therefore manufactured in Jerusalem from local limestone.
A fascinating piece of handwork with chisel marks and a poignant reminder of the 2nd Temple.
The fragment is nicely mounted on a plexi-glass display custom stand
Measurements: Height: 15 cm - Width: 18 cm - Height on stand: 19 cm
Condition: Untouched as found with natural patina
Found in Jerusalem, Israel
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The material culture of the Second Temple period was marked by the appearance of a different type of stone vessel, made of chalk (A soft Limestone). The presence of these vessels mainly in characteristically Jewish areas, such as Jerusalem, Judea and Galilee, their absence generally from non-Jewish areas, and their sudden disappearance after the destruction of the Second Temple and the Bar-Kokhba Revolt suggest that the stone vessel industry during the Second Temple period was a distinct Jewish phenomenon connected with Jerusalem and the Temple, Jewish religious law, and the Jewish population