Carination is a term which refers to sharp curvature in terracotta pottery. Following the invention of the potter’s wheel in the second millennium, potters were able to fashion clay into vessels with sharper and more distinctive forms, fashions, and designs. Carination is also a means for archaeologists to distinguish between Early Bronze Age pottery, which was handmade, and Middle Bronze Age pottery, which was wheel-made and often featured carinated designs.
Carinated Holy Land Vessel
A beautiful, Middle Bronze Age, carinated bowl from the Holy Land. The vessel features a very wide-lipped mouth, which leads to the neck – the neck is less narrow than this type typically. The wide body swells out before tapering gently inwards to the narrow foot. The tall foot is formed from a separate piece of clay, which has been attached before firing. The whole piece displays impressive craftsmanship in the neat formation and execution of its form. Such a vessel would probably have been used to hold ointments or perfumes. It may even have been used to store offerings, such as wine or honey.
Condition: Fine with some minor restoration repair and minor chips.