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This pottery Judean juglet was made during the Biblical Period in the Holy Land and used to hold perfume or other costly items. Its upper body tapers inward to a narrow neck to limit its pouring rate and conserve its contents. Covered with slip to lessen leakage and improve their appearance, these were used throughout the Roman-Empire.
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This small wine jug was created in Roman North Africa for domestic use and also exported elsewhere in the empire. As the poor could only afford practical objects, potters made many functional objects using inexpensive long-lasting materials. Its body is tapered and unadorned with the exception of horizontal ribbing and the slip covering, and it was likely made using a potter’s wheel. Thickly made for durability, the curved handle is attached from the rim to halfway down the body. In very good condition, intact ,and without restoration, it has expected mineral deposits, minor slip losses, and some darkening of its slipped surface.
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An amphora is Greek jar with a single or double handles made in a variety of sizes and copied by all ancient Mediterranean trading nations. This amphoriskos, literally a “small amphora,” has a stunning profile and one handle but is top heavy and cannot stand without support. It dates from the time of the Holy Land during the first Jewish Biblical Period in Judea circa the 8th to 6th century BCE, a ancient time from which few pieces survive intact.
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This small juglet has a globular body, a round base, a very short neck, a wide mouthand short handles on each side. Like many other small Second Temple Period (circa 597-300BCE) pieces it is a were functional item covered with a black slip and burnished. Small juglets like this “…were finished to a higher quality and were used for cosmetics and scented oils [and perfumes and ointments].” (Frank) This piece is intact, in good condition and a genuine piece from ancient history. There are two chips on the mouth rim, body dents, and burnish losses, all expected for its age and longer than two millennia old burial.
Tom Frank, “Imagining the Past: Archeology and the Bible: a juglet to anoint,” September, 2014.
H: 3.375” W: 2.75” D: 2.5” oN STAND h: 5.5” | FREE SHIPPING!
This ancient pottery juglet was hand-made, has a globular body, a round base, and a short neck flaring into a triangular mouth and its circular handle runs from its mouth to the shoulder. The body was covered with a black slip and burnished. Small functional and utilitarian items used during Biblical times were “…finished to a higher quality and… used for cosmetics and scented oils [i.e., perfumes}.” (Frank). This piece is in good condition, has expected dents, losses and adherents consistent with its age, and parts of the neck, mouth, rim and handle may have been damaged during burial and restored.
Tom Frank, “Imagining the Past: Archeology and the Bible: a juglet to anoint,” (Sept 2014),
H: 4.5” W: 3” D: 2.75” | FREE SHIPPING!
This Roman ceramic flagon is a uniquely shaped vessel used to store and pour potable liquids. A crème slip carinated jug with a high profile and a trefoil pouring spout, it has a strap handle attached from the carinated edge to just below the rim for easy handling. Expected age markers include minor scrapes, slip losses, a chip, earth and mineral adherants, and white deposits underneath. Otherwise, it is in excellent condition for its long burial and is without cracks, repairs, or restorations. This is part of the VA Ancient-Art Collection
H: 4.75” W: 2.75” D: 1.75” | FREE SHIPPING
This Protoclassic (circa 200BCE – 200CE) ceramic painted figurine of an ovoid snail was fashioned as a vessel with a wide large spout on top. Many early Jalisco ceramics were utilitarian and used for cooking, carrying water or storing seeds. The size and shape of this piece suggest it was made to hold liquids. Pieces like this were often decorated with applied painted designs that faded because they were not fired after painting. In contrast to the rest of Mesoamerica which had complex urban centers, areas of habitation in West Mexico were small, especially in the Colima Jalisco-Nayarit area. Because these areas had been abandoned for centuries, utilitarian objects like this were rarely found whole and required their fragments to be assembled and restored. This piece is in very good condition with cracks and paint losses and may have expected repairs at its spout.
H: 3” W: 4.75” D: 4” | FREE SHIPPING!
Produced in northern Apulia in the early Daunian period, this cup with a flaring rim has a wide loop ear-shaped handle attached at the bottom, looping above and attached to the top rim. It was covered with a beige slip before being decorated with reddish-brown and light black bands on the body and handle creating a multi color stripe motif on the handle and across the body with geometric forms such as circles, and four triangles with rounded sides typical of Duanian earthenware vessels. There may be repairs to the handle as there is a thick uneven slip applied over the painted body underneath it or the handle might have been attached after the body paint was completed. Otherwise it is in very good condition.
H: 1.5” W: 5.125” D: 3.875” | FREE SHIPPING
This rare Han dynasty green glazed winged cup is a mingqi burial object placed in a tomb to comfort and satisfy the deceased. Winged cups were popular during the Han Dynasty when they were made from molded earthenware covered with a thick green leaded glaze which sometimes , as here, caused a chemical reaction between the lead and the tomb’s humidity resulting in an iridescent silver-green color. It is in very good condition considering its age and use with considerable silver-green glazed luminous iridescence remaining.
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Cocoon jars were mingqi made for placement in tombs to comfort the deceased on their journey to and in their afterlife. An elixir of Immortality made from mulberry leaves or their ashes was placed inside for the deceased to drink and transmigrate into the world of the beyond. Ovoid in shape to resemble a silkworm cocoon, ajar rests on a small trumpet-shaped foot and has a narrow neck and a wide lip at its mouth. Painted after firing with vertical bands dividing it into panels, swirling cloud scrolls, and circular “eye” motifs at each end, this beautiful vessel is in excellent condition for its age with expected paint losses, scrapes, and dirt adhesions.
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This two thousand year old heavy wine vessel called a Hu is covered in a dark-green lead glaze used often during the Han dynasty for burial items called mingqia variety of which were placed in tombs to provide comfort to the deceased in their afterlife. With a characteristic elegant hu shape, it rests on a wide foot and rises to a minimally decorated globular body with low relief horizontal bars, a wide tapering neck and is topped by a wide flaring bowl-like mouth. Its underside, like most, was left unglazed.
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This glazed pig mingqi was one of many items made for a tomb to placate the spirit of the deceased and assure the soul’s access to the things enjoyed when alive. This animal mingqi confirms the importance of pigs as a food source and of raising livestock in Han China. An alert animal whose stocky body is typical, it’s dark lead green glaze and damp tomb created a chemical reaction over centuries making it a lustrous, iridescent green impossible to copy that is highly valued in China and by collectors. In very good condition, it has expected glaze losses, minor abrasions and cracks due to its age and long tomb burial.
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