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Roman Period Vessel in the Form of a Stylized Animal - P.0447
Origin: Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) wide x 5" (12.7cm) depth
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Biblical
Style: Roman Period
Medium: Terracotta

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Though it is difficult to say exactly what kind of animal this is--a donkey, horse or perhaps a sheep--there is no denying its wide-eyed charm. When the empire of Rome was at its height, its plump body contained some commodity like fine oil or wine. It is possible the vessel was used as a votive offering to the gods, the zoomorphic shape standing in place of a live animal. We are captivated by the naive yet lively rendering, a quality that must have delighted its original owners centuries ago. - (P.0447)

 

 

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