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Highly Burnished Terracotta Ritual Chalice - RP.061
Origin: Israel
Circa: 1200 BC to 900 BC
Dimensions: 15" (38.1cm) high x 10" (25.4cm) wide
Collection: Biblical
Style: Iron Age
Medium: Terracotta
Condition: Intact


Additional Information: Honk Kong

Location: UAE
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Description
Created in the age of David and Solomon, this simple but charming vessel glows with the rich patina of history. Our imagination is stimulated as we try to picture whose hands might have held this vessel almost three millennia ago. It is plausible that such a Chalice was used by Samuel to symbolically anoint Saul as the King of Israel., or used ritually to celebrate a religious ceremony or victory in public. Whatever the secrets of its past, we are aware that it was crafted by ancient hands, held and used by people who lived in a time of religious and political revolution. Although its original contents have long disappeared, the energy of those vanished lives is still contained within this vessel. This Chalice was once a vital, indispensable part of everyday life in the ancient world. Today, it is even more valuable to our modern lives, not as a container, but as a symbol of the past. This vessel holds history inside, it reminds us of the lives, the joys and struggles, the triumphs and defeats, of those who came before us. - (RP.061)

 

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