ART OF THE HOLY LAND

Historical Relics From The Land Of The Bible



JEWISH OSSUARY LAMPS STONE
AMPHORA POTTERY BRONZE


JEWISH ANTIQUITIES

10629. ANCIENT JUDAEAN CARVED LIMESTONE RELIEF WITH MENORAH, c. 1st century BC/AD. 10.5"h x 19"l x 4"d. An exceptional and imposing piece of ancient Judaica. Provenance: The Arthur M. Sackler collection. Collected in the 1970's or earlier. Possibly published in one of the dozen or so books documenting the Sackler collection. Closeup. Side. Back.

SOLD.



ANCIENT OSSUARIES

ANCIENT HOLY LAND OIL LAMPS

ANCIENT STONE VESSELS AND AMULETS

PUBLISHED IN 'THE POTTER'S GUIDE'

8974. IMPORTANT ISRAELITE BASALT 'POTTER'S WHEEL'. Late Caananite period, c. 1500-1200 BC. Composed of two polished stone disks, the projected lug of the top turning in the matching depression of the bottom, showing considerable rotational polish from long use. 5.5 x 3.3 inches. Cf. 'From The Beginning, Archaeology and Art in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem', Katz, Kahane and Broshi, #54 for a nearly identical example excavated at Hazor. Though described as a potter's wheel by Katz et. al., in this cataloger's (elo) view certain difficulties arise with this interpretation, such as how it could be rotated with a clay vessel perched on the irregular top in a stable constant manner. My own feeling is that it may have functioned as a grinding mill for kohl or other precious substances, or perhaps, since the Hazor example is described as having been found in a potter's shop, it was used to grind pigments for glazes or paints. Whatever it's use, an important museum quality, exceptionally rare and extremely interesting artifact that deserves further study. Published in the Ibook 'The Potter's Guide: Introduction to Working on the Wheel', by Paul Linhares.

$14,000.



8679. ANCIENT HEBREW INSCRIBED AMULET PENDANT, c. 1st millennium BC. The black stone pendant inscribed with the two Hebrew characters He Resh. Drilled suspension hole. 1.2". Rare, deserving of further study.

$1850.



6659. A HOLY LAND ALABASTER PYXIS, c. 2nd millennium BC. With 2 pierced lug handles, rim chip restored. 2.7". Rare.

$1250.



ANCIENT AMPHORA

8975. LARGE HOLY LAND AMPHORA TOP WITH PAINTED INSCRIPTION, ca. 1st millenium BC. The top with both handles and neck, several untranslated characters in red on the shoulder. 7 x 9 inches. A possibly important piece and certainly deserving of further study. Any information or translation much appreciated.

$1850.



9530. LARGE CANAANITE STORAGE AMPHORA. Holy Land, Middle Bronze Age, ca. 2200-1550 BC. The large amphora with twin heavy ring handles on the shoulder and reinforced rim. 14.5 x 21 inches. Intact with calcified surface deposits attesting authenticity. On custom stand. Extremely rare.

$4500.



9544. LARGE HOLY LAND STORAGE AMPHORA. Late Bronze age-early Iron Age, ca. 1500-1000 BC. The large heavy biconical vessel with rounded base, twin strap handles from shoulder to neck and reinforced pouring spout. 8.5 x 15 inches. One handle professionally reattached otherwise intact. The surface with some stalactitic calcite deposits attesting authenticity. Very rare.

$3500.



9564. LARGE HOLY LAND AMPHORA. Roman-Byzantine Period, ca. 2nd-5th century AD. The biconical vessel with flattened base and two heavy ring handles on the shoulder, the body with horizontal ridges. 14.5 x 19 inches. Small depression one side of base as made. Intact. Very rare.

$4500.



9565. LARGE HOLY LAND AMPHORA. Roman-Byzantine Period, ca. 2nd-5th century AD. The piriform vessel with ring base and two handles from shoulder to base of reinforced rim, the body with horizontal ridges. 10.5 x 13.5 inches. Intact with considerable lime deposits attesting authenticity. Rare.

$2500.



9548. ELEGANT HOLY LAND SINGLE HANDLED AMPHORA, ca. 1000 BC. The amphora of piriform shape with thin neck and support knob at base. 3.5 x 6 inches. Excellent example.

$350.



9549. ELEGANT HOLY LAND SINGLE HANDLED AMPHORA, ca. 1000 BC. The piriform amphora with thin neck and support knob at base. 3.5 x 5.25 inches. Excellent example. On custom stand.

$350.



9555. ELEGANT HOLY LAND SPINDLE AMPHORA. Hasmonean Period, 167-37 BC. The tall thin vessel with wide rim. 9.75 inches. Excellent intact example larger than usual.

$350.



9557. ELEGANT HOLY LAND SPINDLE AMPHORA. Hasmonean Period, 167-37 BC. The tall thin gray ware vessel with wide rim. 7.25 inches. Excellent intact example.

$350.



ANCIENT HOLY LAND POTTERY

12987. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Roman period, c. 1st-3rd century AD. Wide sharply out turned rim, 2 lug handles on small ring base. Beautiful burnished red-orange glaze. 8 x 8 inches. Excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$1250.



12988. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 1500 BC. Sizable buff ware carinated jar with white slip and brown spirals on the shoulder. Two wide strap handles and wide slightly out turned base. 10 x 9 inches. Excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$2400.



12989. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 3000 BC. Wide sharply out turned rim, 2 lug handles on small ring base. Red-orange glaze. 9 x 9.5 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



A RARE EXTRA LARGE CUP-LIKE FORM

12990. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 1500 BC. Extra large cup-like pot with out turned rim, a single large handle and wide ring base. White slip with remains of reddish bands around the body. 6 x 7.25 inches. Some restoration to rim. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



12991. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 2500 BC. Globular form with wide rim, 2 small ring handles and flat base. White slip with red swirl designs. 8.5 x 8 inches. Excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$1400.



UNUSUAL EARLY BURNISHED BLACK GLAZE

12992. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 3000 BC. Small shallow bowl with slightly out turned rim, buff orange fabric distinguished by a highly burnished shiny black glaze over the interior and exterior of the body. 2 x 4.25 inches. A very rare type. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side. Bottom view.

$350.



12993. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 1500 BC. Small hemispherical bowl with small ring base, burnished orange slip over the interior and exterior of the body. 5 x 2.5 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$200.



UNUSUAL SUNBURST BOWL

12994. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 2500-3000 BC. Small hemispherical bowl with deep red-orange sunburst pattern painted on the interior. 4 x 2 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration and vibrant color. A rare type. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$1200.



UNUSUAL EARLY FORM

12995. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 2000-2500 BC. Piriform vessel with top handle bridging rim ornamented with two serrated linear bands. 6.5 x 4 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. A rare type. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



UNUSUAL EARLY FORM

12996. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 2000-2500 BC. Piriform vessel with top handle bridging rim and upward spout on the side. 7 x 5 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. A rare type. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



9577. RARE LARGE HOLY LAND EARLY BRONZE AGE BOWL, ca. 3rd millennium BC. The large thin-walled bowl of conical form with flattened base and slightly in turned rim, two large ear shaped handles midway up the sides, a pouring spout one side of the rim. 8 x 12.5 inches. Intact with a few rim chips. To find such very early large Holy Land pottery in a choice intact condition is extremely rare.

$3500.



9524. HOLY LAND EARLY BRONZE AGE BOWL, ca. 3rd millennium BC. The red ware bowl of hemispheric form with flattened base, two small tab handles and two sets of six small knob projections on the shoulder. 4 x 7 inches. Some surface abrasion primarily to the interior, otherwise intact. Rare.

$1250.



9528. AN EARLY BRONZE AGE HOLY LAND JUG, 3150-2200 BC. The single handled redware vessel with angled neck and depressed mark at base of handle. 4.5 x 4.75 inches. Excellent example with particularly elegant almost modern form.

$350.



9535. A HOLY LAND BRONZE AGE BOWL. ca. 1500 BC. The bowl with single perforated knob handle with slightly in turned rim, and concave base. 2.5 x 6.5 inches. Excellent example.

$350.



9542. LARGE HOLY LAND STORAGE VESSEL. Late Bronze age-early Iron Age, ca. 1500-1000 BC. The large heavy biconical pitcher with ring base, single strap handle and pinched, reinforced pouring spout. 13.5 x 15.5 inches. Intact. The surface with some stalactitic calcite deposits attesting authenticity. To find such very large Holy Land pottery in an intact condition is extremely rare.

$3500.



9543. LARGE HOLY LAND STORAGE PITCHER. Late Bronze age-early Iron Age, ca. 1500-1000 BC. The large ovoid pitcher with flattened base, single strap handle and reinforced pouring spout. 10 x 15 inches. Age cracks. The surface with calcified soil deposits attesting authenticity.

$1500.



9545. LARGE HOLY LAND STORAGE JAR. Late Bronze age-early Iron Age, ca. 1500-1000 BC. The large heavy piriform vessel with ring base and wide neck and rim, two single strap handles from shoulder to rim. 13.5 x 14 inches. Intact with a nice ring. Extremely rare this nice.

$5500.



9547. LARGE HOLY LAND STORAGE JAR. Late Bronze age-early Iron Age, ca. 1500-1000 BC. The large heavy piriform vessel with ring base and wide neck and rim, two single strap handles from shoulder to rim. 13 x 14 inches. Age cracks. Rare.

$3500.



9551. A HOLY LAND DOUBLE HANDLED JAR, ca. 1000 BC. The terra cotta vessel of spherical shape with broad rim and flattened base. 4 x 5.5 inches. Museum notation in green ink one side. Excellent example.

$350.



9554. A HOLY LAND TREFOIL OINOCHOE, ca. 3rd-2nd century BC. The pitcher of Hellenistic form with pinched pouring spout and single strap handle. 5.25 x 7 inches. Minor flakes, otherwise intact. Scarce.

$450.



9561. A HOLY LAND TALL-NECKED BOTTLE. Herodian Period, 37 BC-70 AD. The graceful terra cotta vessel with high twisted neck and ridged body. 8.5 inches. Excellent intact example. The type used during the lifetime of Jesus.

$250.



9562. A HOLY LAND STORAGE JAR. Hellenistic-Roman Period, 2nd century BC/AD. The biconical vessel with ring base, twin strap handles from shoulders to neck and reinforced rim, slight ridging to the body. 7 x 8.5 inches. Intact. The surface with some calcified deposits attesting authenticity. Rare.

$850.



9563. FINE HOLY LAND COOKING POT, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The large double-handled pot with globular body and reinforcing ridges. 8.5 x 9 inches. The type used during the lifetime of Christ. Two small flakes (one repaired) to rim, otherwise a choice intact example. Light calcified surface deposits attesting authenticity. Cf. 'Israel In Antiquity', Jewish Museum of New York, #113 for the type.

$1250.



9578. A RARE LARGE HOLY LAND EARLY BRONZE AGE STORAGE JAR, ca. 3rd millennium BC. The large jar of oval form with flattened base and everted rim, two thick handles from shoulder to neck. 8 x 9.5 inches. Intact with minor rim chips. Rare.

$850.



9579. A RARE LARGE HOLY LAND EARLY BRONZE AGE STORAGE JAR, ca. 3rd millennium BC. The large jar of oval form with flattened base and everted rim, two thick handles on shoulders. 9.5 x 10.5 inches. Intact with minor rim chips. Rare. A very heavy hard and thick-walled example.

$850.



9580. A HOLY LAND EARLY BRONZE AGE STORAGE JAR, ca. 3rd millennium BC. The sizable jar of oval form with flattened base and everted rim, two small handles on shoulders. 7 x 7.5 inches. Intact with one rim chip. Rare.

$450.



6683. A HOLY LAND BABY FEEDER. Iron Age, ca. early first millennium BC. The small jug with double handles and nipple spout. 3.3 x 4.6 inches across handles.

$650.



HOLY LAND BRONZE ARTIFACTS

9611. AN ANCIENT HOLY LAND BRONZE STAMP SEAL, ca. 1st millennium BC. The stamp seal with a clear deep pattern, break to tip of handle. 1 inch in diameter. Rare.

$350.



6263. AN ANCIENT HOLY LAND BRONZE BELL. Roman Period. Generally nice condition with clear tone. Iron clapper missing. 2+ inches.

$150.



6266. AN ANCIENT HOLY LAND BRONZE BELL. Roman Period. Generally nice condition with clear tone. Iron clapper missing. 2+ inches. Surface decorated with slanted incised lines.

$150.



9610. LARGE ANCIENT HOLY LAND CLOAK PIN, ca. 1000 BC. The broad head is floral in form with open areas for inlay. 8.5 inches. Rare superior type.

$250.