Canaanite pitcher of bichromatic terracotta, Late Bronze, 1550-1400 B.C.

Material:  Terracotta
Conservation:  Damaged
Material:  Terracotta
Dimensions:  28 cm
Provenance:  Archaeological Gallery, Israel, 2006. Export authorization from the Israel Antiquities Authority No. 2926 with date 20/04/2006 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/01696 with date 13/03/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
On request
Ref r37182 Category Tag

This jug features geometric decoration based on lines that create grids, giving rise to a typically Canaanite decoration. This round-bodied vase has a very wide neck with a large mouth. It is made of terracotta modelled on a lathe and then burnished. Ceramic is not one of the aspects that stand out in the Bronze Age, its development was key towards more developed typologies and more refined finishes. Canaanite ceramics is one of the most important archaeological evidence, because in a period of constant social and daily development, of which we do not preserve many remains, ceramics mark us a frank evolution.

The territory of Canaan was, since 4000 B.C., the connection between East and West. It was inhabited by very diverse peoples, such as Amorites, Jebusites, Hyksos, Philistines, Phoenicians, Arameans and Hebrews, who finally conquered the territory. From settlements like Jericho, Ugarit, Tyre or Damascus, the Canaanites were dedicated to trade with the neighboring lands of Mesopotamia or Egypt. More than one thousand two hundred kilometers could be crossed on foot by the Canaanite clans to reach their destinations. The routes ran from Mesopotamia to Egypt, where family groups loaded with goods for exchange would travel.

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