The coil construction method or coil building technique was used for millennia throughout the world to shape wet clay info desired forms. The process begins by rolling moist clay into long flexible coiled pieces, bending them into the shape of the item’s base and placing the coils atop one another step by step to increase its height and thickness. This permits the building of wider and taller walls without risking a collapse. Working with fresh clay allows one to apply minimum pressure and easily join coils and other elements of a vessel together while building the vessel desired. The paddle and anvil technique aids smoothing and finishing a coil-built item if a flat stone or wood “anvil” is placed beside the vessel’s inside wall and a curved or flat wood paddle lightly beats the outside wall to complete the article’s shape while ridding the clay of extra moisture. A potter may also apply a slip which can be in varying colors and may be used as decoration and/or to make the piece a less porous. Burnishing can further compact, polish, and smooth the outside of a pot by rubbing it with a hard tool of some kind to compresse the clay and make it less permeable.

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  • Ancient Biblical Holy Land Burnished Juglet, Judea (1938QKM) $360

    H: 3”  Dia: 2.75″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This small juglet has a globular body, a round base, a very short neck, a wide mouth and short handles on each side. Like many other small Second Temple Period (circa 597-300BCE) pieces it is a 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.

  • Ancient Biblical Period Burnished Juglet, Judea (1937DKE) $375

    H: 3.375”  W: 2.75”  D: 2.5”   oN STAND h: 5.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This ancient hand made ancient pottery juglet from biblical Judea 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.

  • Ancient Holy Land Biblical Period Pottery Vessel, Judea (1933VHK)

    H: 3.375”  W: 4.25 ”  D: 3.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This ancient Judean vessel created during Israel’s Biblical Period was hand shaped using the coil method. It likely held potable liquids, cooking oil or other items.  This is a rather sophisticated piece for Bronze Age vessel made mallennia ago.

  • Ancient Holy Land Biblical Period Wine Jug, Judea (3241BHK) $695

    H: 8.5”  Dia: 5.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This Biblical Period earthenware wine jug is rare because of its difficult chances of survival over such a long time period. Made in the Judea Holy Land, it has a tall globular body and a downward sloped shoulder that join together in a distinctive carinated edge running around its top.

  • Antique Majapahit Miniature Terracotta Head, Indonesia (1138EHA) $195

    Ht: 4”  W: 1.5”  D: 1.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This terracotta head was crafted during the Majapahit Empire in Java and was either part of a Hindu bas-relief frieze or made as a freestanding figurine. Most figures found are small decapitated heads with no bodies, and it is very rare to find a complete figure with a naturalistic facial expression. As with many heads, this one displays Javanese facial features, hairstyles and ear ornamentation typical of the period. It has a naturalistic facial expression and wears large round coiled earrings, possibly suggesting it represented someone of the upper classes. It is in very good condition given its age and use and is mounted on a metal stand. This items pairs with Majapahit Terracotta Head 1137.



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