A HERODIAN TERRACOTTA AMPHORA
Please refer to our stock # P.97 when inquiring.
Herodian Period (c. 37 BCE- 70 CE)
Standing on a diminutive base the body of the vessel widens to broad shoulders where a handle is attached on either side for transport. The neck is wide and terminates in a thick rim. The body of the vessel is embellished with ribbing and a red slip throughout.
In excellent and original condition.
22 cm high (8.66 inches)
Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Stanislao Loffreda, “Holy Land Pottery at the Time of Jesus” (Jerusalem: 2003)
Vessels of this type were produced for the storage and transport of precious liquids such as olive oil and wine. Given the size of this example is was most likely used for storage rather than transportation on an industrial level. The shape of the vessel belies its utilitarian origins. The base, while unstable looking to the modern eye, was produced to provide stability during transport. The wide mouth lends itself to easier filling and removal of the liquid stored within and the handles are placed perfectly to assist in the lifting of the amphora and its contents. The finish of the vessel and its ribbing, however, are additions purely for aesthetic reasons, again supporting the idea that this particular example would be found in someone's home where these elements could be appreciated.