Herodian/Early Roman Period: c. 1st Century CE
Composed of an ovoid body with a cylindrical neck, a spout on the shoulder of the vessel and a handle attached from shoulder to rim. The raised band on the neck of the vessel denoted the interior strainer used to remove extraneous material from the liquid used to fill the vessel. The body of the vessel is decorated with ribbing throughout and additional painted decoration.
Found in Jerusalem. In excellent and original condition.
Height: 20 cm (7.9 inches)
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Stanislao Loffreda, “Holy Land Pottery at the Time of Jesus”, (Jerusalem: 2003), pl. 85.
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)