BURNISHED TERRACOTA JAR
CYPRIOT, LATE BRONZE AGE, 1550 – 1200 B.C
The vase consists of two identical small juglets (bilbils) joined together at body, excellent workmanship and decoration, dark gray metallic burnish, a fine creation of the master potter in a period when pottery making reached a peak of achievement.
The jar is well proportioned, with a flaring neck, graceful ovoid body and a pointed base. The handle forms a bridge between the lip and the shoulder and is decorated with crawling serpent.
The snake “Serpent” motif was widely used in Canaanite art of the second millennium BC and was especially common as decoration of jar-handles.
The free, almost realistic representation on our jar is rather unusual. The snake is shown as if crawling on the body of the jar and climbing the handle with head perched on the lip
Height: 13 cm
Diameter: 8 cm
Height on stand: 16 cm
Condition: Excellent archaeological condition, not repaired and not restored.
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