Late Bronze Age; c. 1550-1200 B.C.
A charming pyxis with three small handles on the shoulder from the Holy Land. Found in Bethlehem, the piece is in excellent condition with large amounts of original polychrome remaining in the form of red and brown painted geometric decoration. A series of concentric circles adorn the bottom of the vessel, with three bands on the body and a single red band remaining on and inside the everted rim. A crosshatched design is present between the handles on the shoulder and neck of the pyxis. This vessel was most likely used for storing trinkets, ointments or cosmetics.
3.25 x 3.50 inches (8.2 x 8.5 cms)
Plexiglass stand, one week shipping and certificate of authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority .
Ruth Amiran, “Ancient Pottery of the Holy Land” (Rutgers University Press, 1970), p. 180-185.
OINTMENT: Perfumed unguents or salves of various kinds used as cosmetics, medicine, and in religious ceremonies. The use of ointments and perfumes appears to have been a common practice in the Ancient Near East, including the Hebrews..
Terminology The Old Testament uses various words to describe ointment. The most common, shemen, simply means oil (Genesis 28:28; Hosea 2:8). The Old Testament does not distinguish between oil and ointment. In the New Testament, muron, “ointment” (Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3-4; Luke 7:37-38) was a perfumed ointment.