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Ancient Pottery
Cypriot Bichrome Ware Amphora, Iron Age, c. 1100 - 750 B.C.

|Pottery| |Antiquities|, |Cypriot| |Bichrome| |Ware| |Amphora,| |Iron| |Age,| |c.| |1100| |-| |750| |B.C.|
The referenced amphora in the British Museum, dated Early Iron Age, 1100 - 750 B.C., is very similar to this amphora. The most significant difference is only the concentric circle motifs are on the neck, vice shoulder. The geometric patterns on this amphora are also found on earlier Mycenaean pottery.
AP23892. cf. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, British Museum, II C., pl. 2, 1, choice, complete and intact, scattered mineral deposits, rim uneven, 26cm (approx. 10 1/4 inches) tall, c. 1100/900 - 750/500 B.C.; fired terracotta, flat base, ovoid body, broad neck, everted mouth, a pair of stirrup handles, pale buff slip with decoration in dull brown, ladder pattern on flat rim, encircling bands of varying width on neck and body, 4 concentric circle motifs on shoulder, one wavy band encircling body, base and handles brown; ex prominent NY Collector DK; $2500.00 SALE PRICE $2250.00


Canaanite Offering Vessel, Clay Kernos with Four Pedestalled Bowls, c. 1700 - 900 B.C.

|Holy| |Land| |Antiquities|, |Canaanite| |Offering| |Vessel,| |Clay| |Kernos| |with| |Four| |Pedestalled| |Bowls,| |c.| |1700| |-| |900| |B.C.|NEW
In the typology of ancient Greek pottery, the kernos (plural kernoi) is a cult offering vessel, with a pottery ring or stone tray to which are attached several small vessels for holding offerings. The Greek term is also applied to similar compound vessels from other cultures in the Mediterranean, the Levant, Mesopotamia, and South Asia. Amiran photo 350, is a kernos from Megiddo, dated Iron I, 1200 B.C. 1000 B.C. It has a similar ring base. but with eight ornate vessels of various shapes attached. Amiran assumed it was used in the First Fruits offering and notes the form originated in the Mycenaean-Minoan world. Pande fig. 12 is simpler kernos with three small bowls on a ring (without the pedestals) from Mycenae, Middle Minoan III levels, 1700 - 1600 B.C. We do not know of another example with pedestalled bowls.
AL23895. cf. Pande fig. 12, see Amiran photo 350, Choice, reconstructed, c. 1700 - 900 B.C.; 12.5cm tall, buff clay kernos, four shallow bows, each on an individual column pedestal, joined at the sides, holes in the walls connecting them, the pedestals on a ring base, ex Griffin Gallery of Ancient Art (Boca Raton FL); very rare; $2200.00 SALE PRICE $1980.00


Roman Egypt, Silenus Head Terracotta Lamp, c. 2nd Century A.D.

|Lamps| |Working|, |Roman| |Egypt,| |Silenus| |Head| |Terracotta| |Lamp,| |c.| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|NEW
The Getty Museum lamp is slightly larger and a little finer style, but this lamp is very very similar and certainly worthy of any collection. See it here.
AL23908. Silenus Head Terracotta Lamp; cf. Getty Museum p. 440, 600; Kestner Lamps p. 417, 405, Fantastic type in nice collectible condition, handle and tip of nozzle missing, a few small bumps and chips, soot marks, length 8.5 cm (3 1/8") long, c. 2nd Century A.D.; mold made, red clay, in the shape of the head of Silenus, with mustache, knit eyebrows, smiling, crown of leaves and fruit alluding to Bacchus, large filling whole at top of head, nozzle at chin, ribbon handle (missing), raised oval ring base; ex Griffin Gallery of Ancient Art (Boca Raton FL); $1000.00 (1010.00)


Canaanite, Line-Painted Ware, Twin Pots, Early Bronze Age IB - II, c. 3100 - 2700 B.C.

|Holy| |Land| |Antiquities|, |Canaanite,| |Line-Painted| |Ware,| |Twin| |Pots,| |Early| |Bronze| |Age| |IB| |-| |II,| |c.| |3100| |-| |2700| |B.C.|NEW
The referenced similar double pot was found at Tell es-Sultan. That pot, with simple wide vertical stripes, is probably a little earlier. Many criss-cross decorated vessels were also found at Tell es-Sultan. Tell es-Sultan, also known as Tel Jericho or ancient Jericho, is UNESCO-nominated archaeological site in the West Bank, adjacent to the Ein as-Sultan refugee camp two kilometres north of the center of Jericho. The tell was inhabited from the 10th millennium BCE, and has been called "the oldest town in the world," with many significant archaeological finds.
AT23905. cf. Sala Tell Es-Sultan p. 262, Fig. 6.2 & p. 307, 7 (a bit cruder in form, thick vertical lines); see page 315 for vessels with criss-cross lines, Superb, complete and intact, 10 cm (3 7/8") long, 7.5 cm (3") tall, light brown connected twin pots of uneven size, v-shaped loop handle holed at the top, pots painted reddish brown criss-cross line decoration, ex Griffin Gallery of Ancient Art (Boca Raton FL); $600.00 SALE PRICE $540.00


Canaanite, Pottery Juglet, Iron Age, c. 1100 - 900 B.C.

|Holy| |Land| |Antiquities|, |Canaanite,| |Pottery| |Juglet,| |Iron| |Age,| |c.| |1100| |-| |900| |B.C.|
This simple utilitarian dipper type was locally made in Israel for many centuries. This specimen is very similar to the referenced 11th century B.C. juglet from Tel Mevorakh. Similar juglets were also found at Tel Mevorakh, in stratum VII, 1000 - 900 B.C., and Stern notes many parallels in the Iron Age I (1200 - 1000 B.C.) strata in northern Israel. Similar Ustinov specimens date as late as 700 - 586 B.C.
AH21610. cf. Qedem 9, fig. 20:11-12, pl. 38:1-2 (Tel Mevorakh, stratum VIII, local, late 11th century B.C.), Ustinov pl. VII, UP50 (Iron II C), body and neck reconstructed from fragments, handle and most of rim restored with modern clay (clearly visible in photo), stand provided, c. 1100 - 600 B.C.; ex Alex G. Malloy, wheel made, pink-orange clay, 15.5 cm tall, ovoid body, trefoil mouth, slightly pointed base (will not stand on its own), handle from rim to shoulder; $135.00 SALE PRICE $150.00


Byzantine, Transjordan (Northern Israel or Jordan), 'Elongated' Pottery Oil Lamp, 500 - 650 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Byzantine,| |Transjordan| |(Northern| |Israel| |or| |Jordan),| |'Elongated'| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |500| |-| |650| |A.D.|NEW
This type is identified by Adler as a Transjordan elongated lamp. Adler writes that the shoulders are narrow and ornamented with a wide variety of motifs including linear bands, geometric, and floral designs; the handle is tongue shaped projecting horizontally and decorated with three or more bands; the nozzle is decorated with geometric or floral designs or rarely a cross. The type is found in the northern part of Transjordan, and in Israel, mainly in northern Israel and the Beit Shean area. They date possibly as early as the fifth century, mostly to the sixth century and extending into the first half of the seventh century. In the Hellenistic and Roman eras Beit Shean was the Decapolis city Scythopolis. Click the photo on the right of the ancient ruins at Beit Shean, to learn more about the city. Scythopolis
AL21917. Adler Type 6.3/JOR.2, 970 - 971, Choice, complete and intact, some earthen encrustations, some ornamentation wear, pink-orange clay, mold made, 8.4cm (3 1/4") long, elongated body, narrow convex shoulders and sides of nozzle ornamented a geometric floral design, double rim around large filling hole, tongue shaped handle projecting horizontally and decorated with five bands; $117.00 SALE PRICE $130.00


Late Roman - Byzantine, Holyland (Syro-Palestinian), Bi-Lanceolate Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 270 - 500 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Late| |Roman| |-| |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syro-Palestinian),| |Bi-Lanceolate| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |270| |-| |500| |A.D.|
Adler notes these lamps are found throughout the northern part of Israel, especially in Beit Shean and Hamat Gader, and date to the fourth and fifth centuries. Sussman lists more than a dozen very similar lamps, most found at Beit Shean, and she dates them to the late third and fourth centuries. Hamat Gader was already a well known health and recreation site in Roman times, mentioned in Strabo, Origen and Eunapius, as well as the Rabbinic literature. Construction of the bath complex began in the 2nd century by the 10th Roman Legion, which was garrisoned in nearby Gadara (modern Umm Qais). The ancient Hebrew name means hot springs of (the ancient city of) Gadara. The Arabic name El-Hamma preserves this, and the name of the tel located near the site, Tel Bani, is a corruption of the Latin word meaning "baths." The empress Aelia Eudocia composed a poem praising the qualities of the multiple springs which was inscribed so that visitors could see it as they went into the pool. The photo to the right is of the ancient Roman baths. Click the photo to see a larger image.Hammat Gader Baths
AL93940. Bi-lanceolate pottery oil lamp; Adler Collection (website) type N2; cf. Sussman Late 3126; Schloessinger 451; Bailey BMC -; 8.7 cm (3 3/8") long, Choice, complete and intact, tiny chips (from ancient use), earthen deposits, soot at nozzle, c. 270 - 500 A.D.; pink clay, buff slip, mold made with incised and/or punched decoration, the body includes the entire lamp from tip of nozzle to tip of "tongue" handle, wide rim and incised groove surround a large fill hole, pair of grooves on handle, incised oblique lines radiating from fill hole (wreath?) on narrow convex shoulders, incised herringbone pattern on bottom of the nozzle; $120.00 SALE PRICE $96.00


Late Roman - Byzantine, Holyland (Syro-Palestinian), Bi-Lanceolate Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 270 - 500 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Late| |Roman| |-| |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syro-Palestinian),| |Bi-Lanceolate| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |270| |-| |500| |A.D.|
Adler notes these lamps are found throughout the northern part of Israel, especially in Beit Shean and Hamat Gader, and date to the fourth and fifth centuries. Sussman lists more than a dozen very similar lamps, most found at Beit Shean, and she dates them to the late third and fourth centuries. At this time,, Beit Shean, was primarily Christian, but evidence of Jewish habitation and a Samaritan synagogue indicate established minority communities. Hamat Gader was already a well known health and recreation site in Roman times, mentioned in Strabo, Origen and Eunapius, as well as the Rabbinic literature. Construction of the bath complex began in the 2nd century by the 10th Roman Legion, which was garrisoned in nearby Gadara (modern Umm Qais). The ancient Hebrew name means hot springs of (the ancient city of) Gadara. The Arabic name El-Hamma preserves this, and the name of the tel located near the site, Tel Bani, is a corruption of the Latin word meaning "baths." The empress Aelia Eudocia composed a poem praising the qualities of the multiple springs which was inscribed so that visitors could see it as they went into the pool. The photo to the right is of the ancient Roman baths. Click the photo to see a larger image.Hammat Gader Baths
AL93918. Bi-lanceolate pottery oil lamp; Adler Collection (website) type N2; Sussman Late 3125- 3136; 8.0 cm (3 1/8") long, near Choice, complete and intact, encrustation, wear, soot on nozzle, c. 270 - 500 A.D.; pink-buff clay, mold made with incised decoration, the body includes the entire lamp from tip of nozzle to tip of "tongue" handle, wide rim surrounds a large fill hole, incised herring-bone geometric wreath pattern on narrow convex shoulders, two incised lengthwise lines on the handle, incised lines between fill hold rim and nozzle; $80.00 SALE PRICE $64.00 Out of Stock!


Kingdom of Israel, Pottery Bowl, Iron Age I, 1200 - 800 B.C.

|Holy| |Land| |Antiquities|, |Kingdom| |of| |Israel,| |Pottery| |Bowl,| |Iron| |Age| |I,| |1200| |-| |800| |B.C.|
Time of Samuel and Judges.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Found in Israel.
AH48135. Pottery bowl; cf. Amiran pl. 60, 1; buff, wheel-made, ovoid body, vertical side rim, pedestal ring base, 2 inches high x 6 inches diameter, Superb, intact, SOLD


Columbia, Guacari Region, Narino, Red Glazed Zoomorphic (Frog) Pot, c. 1000 A.D.

|Pre-Columbian| |Antiquities|, |Columbia,| |Guacari| |Region,| |Narino,| |Red| |Glazed| |Zoomorphic| |(Frog)| |Pot,| |c.| |1000| |A.D.|
 
AE61811. Narino, Zoomorphic Pot, 2.5 inches, burnished red glazed vessel with rim decorated with a molded frog, intact, SOLD







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REFERENCES

Amiran, R. Ancient Pottery of the Holy Land From its Beginning in the Neolithic Period to the End of the Iron Age. (New Brunswick, NJ, 1970).
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum - CVA Online - https://www.cvaonline.org/cva/
Dothan, T. Excavations at the Cemetery of Deir El-Balah. Qedem 10. (Jerusalem, 1979).
Ephraim S. Excavations at Tel Mevorakh (19731976). Part One: From the Iron Age to the Roman Period, Qedem 9. (Jerusalem, 1978).
Flinders, P. & J. Quibell. Naqada and Ballas. (London, 1896).
Gitin, S. (ed.). The Ancient Pottery of Israel and Its Neighbors, Volumes 1 and 2: from the Iron age through the Hellenistic Period. (Jerusalem, 2015).
Gitin, S. (ed.). The Ancient Pottery of Israel and Its Neighbors, Volume 3: from the Middle Bronze Age through the Late Bronze Age. (Jerusalem, 2019).
Hayes, J. Greek and Greek-Style Painted and Plain Pottery in the Royal Ontario Museum. (Toronto, 1992).
Hayes, J. Roman Pottery in the Royal Ontario Museum. (Toronto, 1976).
Hendrix, R., P. Drey, J. Storfjel. Ancient Pottery of Transjordan - An Introduction Utilizing Published Whole Forms Late Neolithic through Late Islamic. (Berrien Springs, MI, 2015).
Johnson, F. The Farwell Collection: Monographs on Archaeology and Fine Arts. (Cambridge, MA, 1953).
Kelley, A. The Pottery of Ancient Egypt Dynasty I to Roman Times. (Toronto, 1976).
Kenyon, K. Archaeology in the Holy Land. 5th ed. (1985).
Marquent-Krause, J. Les fouilles de 'Ay (et-Tell): La Resurrection d'une Grande Cite Biblique (Entreprises par le Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Bibliotheque Archeologique et Historique). (Paris, 1949).
Nicholson, F. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Pottery. (1965).
Pande, B. "Harappan Ring-Kernoi: A Study" in East and West, Vol. 21, No. 3/4 (September-December 1971), pp. 311-323.
Rotroff, S. Hellenistic Pottery: The Plain Wares. The Athenian Agora Vol. 33. (Athens, 2006).
Sala, M. "Early Bronze II pottery productions at Tell es-Sultan" in Tell Es-Sultan (Rome, 2010), pp. 253 - 323.
Skupinska-Lovset, I. The Ustinov collection: The Palestinian pottery. (Oslo, 1976).

The list above excludes references for oil lamps. References for oil lamps are listed on the shop's lamps page.

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