Israelite bronze oinochoe, Iron Age III, 930-586 B.C.

Material:  Bronze
Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Bronze
Dimensions:  9,0 x 4,5 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. 2020/01704 with date 13/03/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
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This small bronze oinochoe has a bulky body and a handle on top. It is decorated with stripes of Syrian and Mesopotamian motifs. The handle has been added later and the lower part ends in a spiral ending. This type of jug was used to serve wine from a larger vessel.

It is worth noting that since they are made of bronze, these are not very abundant objects, unlike ceramics, because, among other things, when an object was in a bad state or was left unused, they would proceed to melt it down.

In this case it is an object for domestic use, although it was most probably not made with a functional character, but rather symbolic or decorative, intended to be part of a tomb, of a house as an anecdotal motif, and/or with a depositional purpose.

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