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MP1407

A Holy Land Terracotta Milk Bowl, early Israelite Period, ca. 10th century BC

The wide-mouthed clay bowl of rounded form that tapers to a flat base, the interior and exterior with red slip that has been burnished to a smooth finish, a small attachment handle at the rim

Background: The Ancient Holy Land produced pottery which, while frequently exceedingly handsome, was generally functional in design and manufacture, as dictated by the country's economic needs in trade and in the home. The country lacked the luxury loving ruling classes and the lavish kingdoms in Babylonia, Assyria, Egypt, Crete, and Cyprus. But it enjoyed a flourishing international trade with them all. Pottery vessels of specific designs were needed throughout the ancient Near East for its principal exports

Condition:   Intact and in very good condition overall

Dimensions:  Height:  2 1/4 inches  Diameter at widest area: 4 1/2 inches

Provenance:  Forming part of the James Stephan Snr. collection, and then by descent. Dr. Stephan was a Naval US intelligence officer who held a degree in archaeology. He was posted in the Anatolian region of Turkey in the late 1960's with the US government and during this time acquired his collection from dealers and villagers throughout the region.

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