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Holy Land Antiquities

The Holy Land, also called the Syro-Palestinian region includes ancient Judaea and Palestine, and parts of ancient Phoenicia, Syria, and Arabia.

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 (2222.00)


Byzantine Empire, Levante or Alexandria, c. 5th - 6th Century A.D., Jewish Menorah Lead Token

|Holy| |Land| |Antiquities|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Levante| |or| |Alexandria,| |c.| |5th| |-| |6th| |Century| |A.D.,| |Jewish| |Menorah| |Lead| |Token||token|
The purpose of Byzantine era lead tokens is unknown. Many appear closely related to seals differing only by the absence of a cord or channel for attachment to a container or document. Many late Roman and early Byzantine seals have a figural type on one side and a legend in two lines in Latin or Greek on the other side. Seals with a menorah are known, usually with a blank globular reverse, but some also have a name on the other side.
JD98657. Lead token, personal token of Rodanos(?); Roma e-sale 53 (7 Feb 2019), lot 504 (same dies), VF, highlighting earthen deposit desert patina, weight 3.077 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 180o, c. 5th - 6th century A.D.; obverse Menorah of seven branches, flanked by lulav on left and etrog on right; reverse PO∆A/NOY in two lines across field, palm frond above; ex CNG e-auction 435 (2 Jan 2019), lot 401; extremely rare; $1600.00 (1616.00)


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 (606.00)


Roman Syria-Palestina, Jewish, Lead Bulla Seal, 7 Branched Menorah, c. 5th - 6th Century A.D.

|Seals|, |Roman| |Syria-Palestina,| |Jewish,| |Lead| |Bulla| |Seal,| |7| |Branched| |Menorah,| |c.| |5th| |-| |6th| |Century| |A.D.||bulla| |(tag| |seal)|
A bulla (plural, bullae) is a lump of clay or lead molded around a cord and stamped with a seal that identifies the sender. With a bulla in place, a container cannot be violated without visible damage to either the bulla or the cord, revealing the tampering. Bullae depicting a menorah are known but very rare and not well documented. Dattari-Savio p. 327, 3 is a 1901 rubbing of a very similar menorah sealing. Michael Still lists two menorah sealings in his thesis on Roman seals, 1696 with a Latin inscription reverse, 1765 with a Hebrew inscription reverse. The recently published catalogue of the Vossen collection by Gert Boersema and Bill Dalzell, has two Menorah seals, numbers 181 and 182, both with blank reverses. There are also a few examples known from auctions. A FORVM member posted a bulla of this exact type from his collection on the Classical Numismatic Discussion on the Forum Ancient Coins website. We received three examples of this type on consignment, all with the same fire damage, suggesting they were found together.
JD98655. Lead bulla (tag seal), VF, chip on reverse, light earthen deposits, raised bumps from exposure to an ancient fire that heated and expanded air bubbles within the lead, weight 4.679 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, c. 5th - 6th century A.D.; obverse seven branched menorah with tripod base; reverse lulav, uncertain Syriac inscription; very rare; $600.00 (606.00)


Roman Syria-Palestina, Jewish, Lead Bulla Seal, 7 Branched Menorah, c. 5th - 6th Century A.D.

|Seals|, |Roman| |Syria-Palestina,| |Jewish,| |Lead| |Bulla| |Seal,| |7| |Branched| |Menorah,| |c.| |5th| |-| |6th| |Century| |A.D.||bulla| |(tag| |seal)|
A bulla (plural, bullae) is a lump of clay or lead molded around a cord and stamped with a seal that identifies the sender. With a bulla in place, a container cannot be violated without visible damage to either the bulla or the cord, revealing the tampering. Bullae depicting a menorah are known but very rare and not well documented. Dattari-Savio p. 327, 3 is a 1901 rubbing of a very similar menorah sealing. Michael Still lists two menorah sealings in his thesis on Roman seals, 1696 with a Latin inscription reverse, 1765 with a Hebrew inscription reverse. The recently published catalogue of the Vossen collection by Gert Boersema and Bill Dalzell, has two Menorah seals, numbers 181 and 182, both with blank reverses. There are also a few examples known from auctions. A FORVM member posted a bulla of this exact type from his collection on the Classical Numismatic Discussion on the Forum Ancient Coins website. We received three examples of this type on consignment, all with the same fire damage, suggesting they were found together.
JD98656. Lead bulla (tag seal), VF/Fair, light earthen deposits, raised bumps from exposure to an ancient fire that heated and expanded air bubbles within the lead, c. 5th - 6th century A.D.; obverse seven branched menorah with tripod base; reverse lulav, uncertain Syriac inscription (obscure); very rare; $300.00 (303.00)


Oil-Lamps in the Holy Land: Saucer Lamps: From the Beginning to the Hellenistic Period

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Oil-Lamps| |in| |the| |Holy| |Land:| |Saucer| |Lamps:| |From| |the| |Beginning| |to| |the| |Hellenistic| |Period|NEW
 
BK43866. Oil-Lamps in the Holy Land: Saucer Lamps: From the Beginning to the Hellenistic Period by V. Sussman, Collections of the Israel Antiquities Authority, BAR 1598, Jerusalem, 2007, used; $135.00 (136.35)


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 (111.10)


Weights and Weight-Like Objects From Caesarea Maritima

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Weights| |and| |Weight-Like| |Objects| |From| |Caesarea| |Maritima|NEW
 
BK43861. Weights and Weight-Like Objects From Caesarea Maritima by Lionel Holland, 2009, paperback, 88 pages, used; $100.00 (101.00) ON RESERVE


Biblical Period Hebrew Bullae: The Josef Chaim Kaufman Collection, Vol. 1

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Biblical| |Period| |Hebrew| |Bullae:| |The| |Josef| |Chaim| |Kaufman| |Collection,| |Vol.| |1|NEW
 
BK43863. Biblical Period Hebrew Bullae: The Josef Chaim Kaufman Collection, Vol. 1 by R. Deutsch, Archaeological Center Publications, 2003, used; $50.00 (50.50) ON RESERVE


Biblical Period Epigraphy: The Josef Chaim Kaufman Collection. Seals, Bullae, Handles, Vol. 2

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Biblical| |Period| |Epigraphy:| |The| |Josef| |Chaim| |Kaufman| |Collection.| |Seals,| |Bullae,| |Handles,| |Vol.| |2|NEW
 
BK43864. Biblical Period Epigraphy: The Josef Chaim Kaufman Collection. Seals, Bullae, Handles, Volume 2 by R. Deutsch, Archaeological Center Publications, 2011, used; $50.00 (50.50) ON RESERVE




  



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The list above includes only references specifically dedicated to holy land antiquities. References used above but not included in this list may be identified by clicking on them in the item descriptions or visiting the shop page for the antiquity type or material.

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