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.