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5214. **SOLD** Good Tell el-Yahudiyeh Ware jug

 
 
 
 
 
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A nice example of Tell el-Yahudiyeh Ware which was first recognised as a distinctive ware by Flinders Petrie during his excavation of the type site.

This is a  distinctive ceramic ware of the late Middle Bronze Age / Second Intermediate Period. The ware takes its name from its type site at Tell el-Yehudiyeh in the eastern Nile Delta of Egypt, and is also found in a large number of Levantine and Cypriot sites. The ware first appears in strata dating to the MBIIA period, reaching the peak of its popularity in the MBIIB-C periods when it is encountered very frequently in contemporaneous Canaanite and Delta sites. The last vestigial expressions of this ware die out during the LBI period. The clay used in Tell el-Yehudiyeh Ware is normally grey or light-brown in colour, with numerous gritty inclusions. Decoration: Tell el-Yehudiyeh Ware is characterised by its distinctive mode of decoration, applied after slipping and burnishing, and created by repeatedly "pricking" the surface of the vessel with a small sharp object to create a large variety of geometric. These designs appear in the form of lines, stripes, triangles, squares and - very occasionally - circles. Vessels of this type frequently have a dark surface (the burnished slip varying from brownish-black, to grey, to yellowish), the multiple holes often being filled with chalk or lime, the contrasting white material making the surface design even more dramatic. This ware is mostly seen in the form of juglets, but also includes a large variety of zoomorphic (animal-shaped) vessels and even some shaped like fruit. Tell el-Yehudiyeh Ware forms a very useful diagnostic indicator for the MBIIB-C period especially. Many ceramicists see the form of the Tell el-Yehudiyeh juglet as being firmly grounded in earlier Canaanite ceramic traditions, able to be traced back to earlier prototypes such as the juglets from Tomb A at Jericho.

Good surface and intact.

163mm.

Egyptian MBIIB-C 1750 BC - 1550 BC. Which is of course  contemporaneous  with roughly the 13th - 15th dynasties.

 

These sometimes command pretty high prices!

Price: sold GBP

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