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Middle Bronze Age, c. 2000 B.C.
Large “Chocolate-on-white” Amphoriskos; rendered in light tan clay with white slip over whole and applied reddish-brown ("chocolate") decoration; pirifom body standing upon splayed foot; cylindrical neck with funnel mouth flanked by twin high-arched strap handles. Decoration to upper body only, consisting of motif of inverted elongated triangles interpersed with sets of three vertical lines to shoulder with single band above and three parallel bands below; similar band applied to outerface of rim with a repitition of the three vertical lines in radial disposition to interior of mouth; each handle with series of vaguely horizontal lines to outerface.
This piece belongs to the so called “Chocolate-on-White” class of pottery which was produced during the Middle Bronze Age within Palestine. The white slip is typical of the period and marks a strong innovation in pottery production given that prior to this the use of reddish-pink slip was predominant. The decoration is exceptional; the white slip was applied whilst the vessel was being turned on the wheel, in order to obtain a more even result. The "chocolate" decorations were applied thereafter and in this case display a fine, neat execution.
For similar cf. Amiran, 1969, Pl.49, no.9.
|Height||27.00 cm||(10.63 inches)|
C.J. Martin (Coins) & Ancient Art Ltd
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Eastpole Farm House