|PERIOD||1550 – 1200 B.C|
|DIMENSIONS||185 mm x 150 mm|
|PROVENANCE||Ex Jerusalem private collection, acquired between 1975 – 1990.|
|PARALLEL||HENDRIX, E., DREY, P. and STORFJELL, J., Ancient Pottery of Transjordan, p. 153, Fig. 176|
Storage jars, also known as storage vessels, were essential ceramic artifacts during the Bronze Age, a period that spanned roughly from 3300 to 1200 BC. These vessels were specifically designed for the storage of various commodities, including grains, liquids, and other provisions. They were characterized by their utilitarian and robust construction, featuring wide mouths or openings for easy access and storage.
Bronze Age storage jars were often created with great craftsmanship, with some adorned with decorative elements or intricate designs that reflected the artistic and cultural preferences of the specific civilization and time period. These vessels played a crucial role in the agricultural and trade economies of Bronze Age societies, enabling the storage and preservation of food and other essential resources.
Archaeologists find these storage jars in abundance at excavation sites, shedding light on ancient agricultural practices, food storage techniques, and trade networks. These artifacts are vital for understanding the economic and social aspects of Bronze Age civilizations, as they offer insights into food production, distribution, and the daily lives of the people of that time.