Late Bronze Age Terracotta Decanter

SKU SP.287
Circa

1500 BC to 1250 BC

Dimensions

6.25″ (15.9cm) high

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

Hebron Hills, Israel

Gallery Location

USA


 

Created during the time of the Hebrew patriarchs, just prior to Moses, this simple, elegant vessel might have held an offering of food or drink, or perhaps served as a pouring vessel, or decanter for water or wine. As we hold it in our hands today, admiring its simple beauty, we are aware of the touch of other hands long ago. Who might have held it when it was new? Were the dreams and emotions that guided their lives so very different from our own? The vessel’s graceful unadorned shape appeals as much to the contemporary eye as it did to the culture that created it. Such artifacts, ordinary enough in their own age, connect us in an intimate way with the world of the past. In its presence, the centuries melt away and the imagination sets out on a journey of discovery. – (SP.287)

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