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Lot 4874

Ancient Judaean Stirrup-Jar. Late Bronze Age II, c. 1450-1200 BC. Height: 4-1/4". An interestingly shaped vessel, peculiar to its time and derived from Mycenaean prototypes. Potted in a moderately fine-grained buff-pink clay, the vessel has a biconical body, short cylindrical neck and small mouth set before its E-shaped "stirrup" handle. With creme slip and the remains of circular ornamental bands in dark brown that appear on both the body and the handle. Slight chip to the shoulder, otherwise nicely preserved, with earthen and whitish patina. Said to have been found at Beth-Shemesh (Canaan). The manufacture and painting is quite fine, so this is most likely a direct Mycenaean import, rather than a local Cypro-Palestinian replica. Rare, and a desirable shape for the ceramic collector. Cf. Amiran, p. 181, fig. nos. 183, 191.
Estimated Value $400-UP.
Ex. Antiquities Gallery, no. 152, about 1983. Ex Shirley Barr Sage Collection, published in her Biblical Numismatics: Thirty Pieces of Silver, illustrated and discussed, pp. 16,17.

Realized $719

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