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Amphora with Incised Decorations - P.2295
Origin: Syria
Circa: 6000 BC to 4000 BC
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high x 2.875" (7.3cm) wide
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The principal pattern decorating this very ancient vessel may represent the tree of life, a motif which still appears throughout the Near East today. Imagine the hands that shaped it so long ago, and drew quick patterns in the still-wet clay; or the hands that filled it with some desirable commodity--cosmetics, perfume, rare balm. We can almost picture the person who purchased the vessel, used its contents, and was buried with it. When we hold this lovely amphora today, it is like a key that opens a hundred doorways through which the imagination might pass into a long-forgotten world. - (P.2295)


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