12 December 2002
FIVE ROMAN BRONZE VESSELS AND IMPLEMENTS
Circa 1st Century A.D.
Including a spherical aryballos with a cylindrical neck, concave mouth and two handles, one with a ring still preserved, once attached by a chain to the vessel lid, on a raised disk base; a shallow dish with a disk rim, on a disk base; a small incense shovel, with a thumbrest at the join of the handle to the bowl; and two inkwells, one preserving its knobbed lid, each a footed bowl with a grooved molding below the rim, with twin flat bail handles, on a flaring foot
4¼ in. (10.8 cm) high (5)
Barakat Gallery, Jerusalem
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The two inkwells are of a rare form which finds close parallel to two examples found in the caves at Qumran. See Goranson, "Qumran, A Hub of Scribal Activity?" in Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 20, no. 5 (August 1994).
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