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Hellenistic Period Terracotta Pyriform Vase - PF.1529
Origin: Judea, Israel
Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC

Collection: Biblical
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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At the height of the Hellenistic age, when Greek culture was spread throughout the Mediterranean, this elegant vessel may have contained fragrant oils or perfumes. It was perhaps offered as a votive at some temple or shrine. As we hold it in our hands today, admiring its simple beauty, we are aware of the touch of other hands long ago. Who might have held it when it was new? Were the dreams and emotions that guided their lives so very different from our own? The vessel’s graceful unadorned shape appeals as much to the contemporary eye as it did to the culture that created it. Such artifacts, ordinary enough in their own age, connect us in an intimate way with the world of the past. In its presence, we cross the bride of time and se the imagination on a journey of discovery. - (PF.1529)


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