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Holyland Antiquities

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

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)

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)

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 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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