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Circa 1500 – 1000 BC
Size: 12cm high, 9.5cm wide, 4cm deep - 4¾ ins high, 3¾ ins wide, 1¼ ins deep / 19cm high - 7½ ins high (with base)
Ex Sussex UK Private collection
Acquired early 20th Century
Thence by descent
They searched each land for precious metals and materials, and much was extracted from a number of colonies. The Phoenician colony of Cadiz exploited Spanish silver mines to such an extent that it left 20 million tons of silver slag on the landscape along the Rio Tinto. Alphabetic writing probably also accompanied the Phoenician traders and colonisers.
They continued to thrive under Assyrian and then Persian rule until 322 BC when the capital, Tyre, was sacked and the country incorporated into the Greek world by Alexander the Great.