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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1292206

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Herodian Period (c. 37 BCE- 70 CE)

This wheel-made pot is composed primarily of a squat, ovoid body and a short, wide neck on a flat base. The body is ribbed profusely up to the neck where the ribbing is minimal and primarily serves as a connection point for the two handles that run from neck to shoulder on either side. This pot is accompanied by a small, ribbed lid which is also wheel-made. Both the lid and the cooking pot are decorated with a burnished slip.

In excellent and original condition. Extremely rare with lid.

16 cm (6.29 inches) high

Similar examples at the Studium Biblicum Museum, Jerusalem

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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.


Stanislao Loffreda, “Holy Land Pottery at the Time of Jesus” (Jerusalem: 2003)


The Herodian period refers to the time in Israel when Herod the Great (37 BCE – 4 CE), and subsequently his sons, ruled Israel on behalf of the Romans following the fall of the Hasmonean Dynasty.

Herod has been perceived throughout history in a variety of guises, to Christians he is perhaps best known for his Slaughter of the Innocents from the gospel of Matthew and was criticized by the contemporary Jewish population for his hellenized and pagan actions. However, he was also a prolific builder who expanded the Second Temple in Jerusalem in addition to his many other construction projects including the port at Caesarea Maritima and the fortress at Masada. Regardless of one's personal feeling toward Herod, his role in shaping the history and architecture of the Holy Land can not be disputed.

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem” (Matthew 2:1)