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Islamic Green Glazed Jug - LO.502
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean
Circa: 50 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 6.29" (16.0cm) high
Collection: Biblical
Medium: Glazed Terracotta


Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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At the dawn of the Islamic era, this green- glazed terracotta vessel might have held oils or perfumes, or perhaps an offering of milk or honey. The color of the glaze suggests that of bronze and this vessel is likely imitative of similarly shaped bronze examples. From such a vessel as this, wine might have been served. 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, the centuries melt away and the imagination sets out on a journey of discovery. - (LO.502)

 

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