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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1288772

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c. 4th-6th Century CE

Made in Palestine, this amphora is composed of a ribbed, oblong body with a diminutive neck and two handles applied to the shoulder of the vessel. Although a utilitarian object, this amphora is still nicely decorated with wet-combed ribbing on the entire body. This ribbing was then smoothed on the lower part of the body while leaving evidence of the treatment for aesthetic effect.

In very good condition.

46 cm (18.90 inches)

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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority


Amphorae such as these were used for the transport of liquids such as wine or olive oil. Although their form is largely dictated by their function additional, decorative elements were often added such as the ribbing seen on this example.

“He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.” (Deuteronomy 7:13)