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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1285909
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Late Bronze Age II; c. 1400-1200 BCE

This pyxis is made in the standard Mycenaean form from which it was derived with a few local modifications. The body is squat with a small handles placed on either side. A short neck rises from the body and terminates in a flaring rim. A horizontal band is painted at the base of the neck with vertical horizontal lines painted on the shoulder. This same motif is then repeated on the side of the pyxis.

In very good and original condition, slight chip on rim.

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Ruth Amiran, “Ancient Pottery of the Holy Land”, p. 179-81; pl. 57.

Mycenaean pottery imports were present in the beginning of the Late Bronze Age but became readily available during Late Bronze II period. Of these imports the pyxis was the most popular at the time. As with all imports, the local craftsman soon began to produce their own variations on the popular forms, as is the case with this example. While very similar to the Mycenaean original certain elements such as the rounded bottom and the attachments of two handles, as opposed to the traditional Mycenaean three, belie its origins.

Vessels such as these were commonly used by women as containers for ointments and cosmetics.