Diameter: 11.000 cm (max.)
Excavated by J.L. Starkey, Wellcome-Marston Research Expedition.
ME 1980-12-14, 10881
Room 57-59: Ancient Levant
'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)