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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1222599
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Late Bronze Age II; 1400-1200 B.C.

Composed of an ovoid body with an elongated neck and an everted rim on a ring base. The piece is decorated with a burnished slip and five circular bands, four on the shoulder and one of the neck of the vessel. A handle been applied from the bottom most band on the shoulder to the band on the neck of the vessel.

In excellent and original condition.

12.6 x 7.09 inches (32 x 18 cm)

Worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.

Export Approval of the Israel Antiquities Authority.


Ruth Amiran, “Ancient Pottery of the Holy Land” (Rutgers University Press, 1970)


This period generally coincides with the vibrant New Kingdom period in Egypt when Palestine primarily was under Egyptian control, a rule that became more concentrated and demanding toward the end of the period. Canaan also maintained extensive trade connections with Aegean and northeastern Mediterranean powers. Cypriot pitchers called “bilbils” and shaped as poppyseed heads (upside-down), were among the most popular Palestinian imports. They may have been used to transport opium in wine or water from Cyprus to other Mediterranean sites.

Base-Ring Ware was an important part of imported pottery in the Holy Land. Most typical of this group is the jug, with the slender oblique neck, standing on a ring. It featured a metallic, brown-gray-red burnished slip. The decoration is either painted or is relief lines. This type is known as ‘bilbil’. Analysis of substances found inside some bilbil has shown that they were used to hold the drug opium. The shape of the jug is strikingly (and fittingly) like that of an upturned poppy head.