This wheel thrown vessel has a bottle shaped body. The neck is tilted and its lip is pinched in three places thereby forming the animal’s head. The jars and the the legs were seperately made and then attached to the animal.
Beasts of burden, donkeys, mules, oxen, cows and camels served as means of transport in antiquity, jars, baskets or sacks were loaded onto the animal.
Animal shaped vessels have been found and excavated in Hebron and its vicinity.
One such original vessel is on exhibit at the ISRAEL MUSEUM, JERUSALEM
ROCKEFELLER MUSEUM, JERUSALEM
A large trade of wine and oil was conducted bew\tween all parts of the Mediterranean with the appearance of the Phonecian seaman. On the shores of Israelm whithin the remains of ancient shipwrecks, amphoras are often
recovered. They are large vessels (about 4 times the size of your amphora) with two earlike handles and a conical base enabling comfortable carrying and secure storage. Their origin should be looked for in the Aegean Islands.
The original amphora is from the collection of THE NUSEUM OF ANCIENT ART in HAIFA. It was chosen for presentation in the USA by the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.
Toys have been a common need at all times. Ceramic toys representing domesticated and wild animals were popular during the later imperial Roman period.
This little pottery figurines were made by artists who decorated them beautifully.
The original of this toy comes from the port city of Caesarea Maritima founded by HEROD THE GREAT in honor of Ceasar
Augustus. CAESAREA became the center of the Roman Empire in the Land of Israel.
The original vessel is in a private collection in Jerusalem.
DOVE of LIGHT
Since the time that she returned to Noah’s Ark with an olive leaf, the dove has been the symbol of peace and serenity. In the Song of Songs, she is a metaphor for love (“Behold, thou art fair, my love, behold thou art fair, Thine eyes are as doves”)…
An inseparable couple of lovers are compared to a pair of doves…
May the light of the pottery dove forever fill your home with love.