'Tell el-Yahudiyeh ware' juglet
Canaanite, about 1750-1650
From Lachish (modern Tell ed-Duweir), Israel
Vessels of this type were first identified by
the excavator Sir Flinders Petrie at the site of
Tell el-Yahudiyeh ware is widely found in Egypt and Canaan. Such interconnections between the two areas reflect the fact that Egypt was again strong politically and economically. After a period of instability (the First Intermediate Period), Egypt was reunified around 2000 BC with the start of the Middle Kingdom (about 2040-1750 BC). With a strong, centralized administration, trade routes could be re-opened. This encouraged a return to urban life in Canaan, and renewed demand for luxury products such as the perfumed oils transported in these jars.
J.N. Tubb, Canaanites (London, The British Museum Press, 1998)
Diameter: 11.000 cm (max.)
ME 1980-12-14, 10881
Excavated by J.L. Starkey, Wellcome-Marston Research Expedition.