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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1296099

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at The Inbal Hotel, Liberty Bell Park, 3 Jabotinsky Street
P. O. Box 14646, Jerusalem 9114601, Israel
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c. 323-31 BCE

This wheel made vessel is composed of an ovoid body on a ring base with a wide, straight neck terminating in a thick, rolled rim, now mostly missing. A handle is attached from rim to shoulder.

In good condition. Damage to rim and base of vessel, please see pictures.

Height: 21 cm (8.27 inches)

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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.


Susan L. Rotroff, “Hellenistic Pottery: The Plain Wares (Agora XXXIII)”, (American School of Classical Studies: 2006)

Ralph E. Hendrix, et. al., “Ancient Pottery of Transjordan”, (Andrews University Press: 1996)


This vessel would have been used for the storage of liquids such as water or wine, both necessary commodities in the Greek world.

The Hellenistic Period is marked at its beginning by the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE and at its end by the defeat of the Ptolemies at the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE. In the Holy Land the Hellenistic Period is considered to end in 63 BC following the conquest of Palestine by Pompey. Jugs of the type discussed above can be found throughout this period ranging in date from the 4th-1st Centuries BCE with predecessors of the form being found as early as the 5th Century CE in Corinth.

“Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” (Jeremiah 18: 2-4)