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A WESTERN ASIATIC ELECTRUM JUG
A WESTERN ASIATIC ELECTRUM JUG

SYRO-PALESTINE, MIDDLE BRONZE AGE, CIRCA EARLY 2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.

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A WESTERN ASIATIC ELECTRUM JUG
SYRO-PALESTINE, MIDDLE BRONZE AGE, CIRCA EARLY 2ND MILLENNIUM B.C.
Hammered from a single sheet, the ovoid body on a rounded base, the tall cylindrical neck flaring at the rim, the rim flattened, overhanging slightly on the interior and exterior, pinched at the sides to form a spout, with a separately-made handle, circular in section, arching from the shoulders to the neck at the rim, each end with a foliate terminal punctuated by two raised shallow knobs, perhaps imitating rivets
3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Habsburg, Feldman, Geneva, 14 May 1990, lot 241.

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Vessels fabricated from gold, silver or electrum (a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver) are comparatively rare from the Middle Bronze Age in the Syro-Palestinian world. However, pottery jugs, which may imitate the more expensive examples in precious metal, are relatively common. For the shape, compare the jugs from Megiddo and elsewhere, see photo 108 and pls. 33-34 in Amiran, Ancient Pottery of the Holy Land.

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