late Iron Age 800-700 B.C.E
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
The Bedouins call the camel "Boat of the Desert"...The unique qualities of the camel enable it to weather the most adverse desert conditions, surviving for days without water, while lightly treading over the vast sand dunes without sinking, protected from the violent sandstorms...In the more than six thousand years that elapsed since man first domesticated this "Boat of the Desert", the camel became instrumental in assisting travelers through the desert, and facilitating the transports of goods to far away lands. The camel's wool has been used for tent material and the weaving of carpets. Its milk is considered invaluable to healing and warding-off diseases.
According to the Kabbalah, a person who sees a camel in his dream, should thank the Lord for having saved him from death, since he had been overloaded with heavy problems, and need to release his emotions, and learn to forgive and forget. A person seeing himself riding on a camel in his dream, is destined to go on a long road.
May the light of the pottery camel flood your home with good health and fortune.