16 June 2006
A PHOENICIAN ALABASTER AMPHORA
CIRCA 9TH-8TH CENTURY B.C.
Ovoid in form on a round base, the short neck flaring to the rim, its upper surface flat, with two loop handles high on the shoulders, one side with an incised inscription in Phoenician with a personal name reading, 'mtbyl, "Handmaid of Ba'al," the interior well-hollowed
16 in. (40.6 cm.) high
with Rafi Brown, Jerusalem, 1991.
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For an example of similar form, found at Laurita-Almuñecar, Spain, its shoulders inscribed with an Egyptian hieroglyphic inscription enclosed within a cartouche, see p. 529 in Moscati, The Phoenicians.
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