Late Bronze Age I; 1550-1400 BC
Wheel-made, this vessel is composed of a spherical body with an elongated neck and a flaring rim on a flattened base; a handle is attached from just below the rim to the shoulder. Belonging to the “grey juglet” type this piece is made of a grey clay, slipped and burnished to produce the surface treatment visible today.
In excellent and original condition.
16.2 cm (6.37 inches)
Certificate of Authenticity and Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Ruth Amiran, “Ancient Pottery of the Holy Land” (Rutgers: 1970), p. 146; pl 46.
Barlow, et.al., “Cypriot Ceramics: Reading the Prehistoric Record” (Philadelphia: 1991)
Grey Juglets: Juglets of this type are denoted by both the form of the vessel as well as its fabric and surface treatment. While in LB I the majority of vessels of this type were made of grey clay and burnished, as in this example, the class continued to develop throughout the Late Bronze Age and in LB II these juglets are better identified by their form as the decoration and fabric of the vessels becomes more diverse.
While these vessels can be found throughout the eastern Mediterranean it is suggested by Amiran that their origins may lie in the North Canaan pottery tradition due to their form as well as their prevalence in Palestine when compared with other, similar wares.