Herodian/Early Roman Period; c. 37 BCE-70 CE
This small, wheel-made vessel, and others like it, were essential to the daily lives of those living in the Herodian period. Composed primarily of a round, squat body this pot extends into a short neck terminating in a slightly thickened rim. Two strap handles are present on either side from rim to the shoulder . It is decorated with a burnished red slip throughout and ribbing on the body of the vessel.
In very good condition, slight damage to base (see pictures)
Height: 10.5 cm (4.13 inches)
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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.
“Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:21)