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Ancient Pottery
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.|
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. Canaanite kernos, 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.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Roman| |Egypt,| |Silenus| |Head| |Terracotta| |Lamp,| |c.| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|
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 SALE PRICE $900.00

Northern Syria, Terracotta Flask with Fertility Goddess, Late 3rd - Early 2nd Millennium B.C.

|Terracotta| |Antiquities|, |Northern| |Syria,| |Terracotta| |Flask| |with| |Fertility| |Goddess,| |Late| |3rd| |-| |Early| |2nd| |Millennium| |B.C.|
In Excavations at Tell Qasile, Mazar reports finds of two anthropomorphic vessels depicting a fertility goddess. He discusses other fertility goddess vessels found from Egypt to Greece. Some are pierced through the breasts. He suggest they were filled through the top and an offering was made by pouring through the side holes, perhaps milk. The fertility goddess on this vessel does not resemble those on the vessels discussed and referenced and is not pierced through the breasts. It is pierced through a hole that might represent the naval or vagina.

This fertility goddess form with a "bird's beak" nose and annulet eyes and breasts is a type found in considerable numbers in many Northern Syria sites, dated from the 3rd to the Early 2nd millennium B.C. We do not know of another similar vessel.
AT23896. See Tell Qasile pp. 78 - 82 for discussion of "anthropomorphic" vessels, cf. Ladders to Heaven pp. 224 - 225, 184 - 195 for similar goddess figures, Choice, complete and intact but for small chips to base, tiny chips to rim; 3.9 cm tall, 3.5 cm to rim of vessel, early 2nd millennium B.C.; pink-beige terracotta, globular flask, flat bottomed trumpet base, short neck, everted mouth, rounded rim, goddess figure attached at side and shoulder with her head extending above the rim, she has a "bird's beak" nose, annulet eyes and breasts, collar or necklace, and arms at sides, goddess and vessel pierced through at her naval or groin; ex Griffin Gallery of Ancient Art (Boca Raton FL); $850.00 SALE PRICE $765.00

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.|
The referenced similar double pot was found at Tell es-Sultan. That pot, is ornamented with simple wide vertical stripes. Many criss-cross decorated vessels were also found at Tell es-Sultan. In the Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land, Negev notes criss-cross bands are also found at Tell el-Farah, Beth-Shean, and Beth-Yerah, dating to Early Bronze Age I and Early Bronze Age II.
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); rare; $600.00 SALE PRICE $540.00

Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, Small Fusiform Pottery Bottle, c. 332 - 30 B.C.

|Pottery| |Antiquities|, |Egypt,| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |Small| |Fusiform| |Pottery| |Bottle,| |c.| |332| |-| |30| |B.C.|
From Alex G. Malloy.
AA43833. Egyptian small fusiform bottle, cf. ROM Greek Pottery 242 - 244 (Lower Egypt), Collectible, base missing, stand provided; 8.5 cm (3 3/8") tall, c. 332 - 30 B.C.; pinkish-brown clay with lime particles, wheel made, utilitarian, ovid-piriform body, flaring mouth, rounded rim; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00

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.; 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, from Alex G. Malloy; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00

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



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

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