Phoenicia was part of the Canaanite civilization during the 1st millennium B.C.E., and much like the Canaanites, the term Phoenicia refers to the region of major Canaanite port towns rather than a unique people who identified with one another. Phoenician art of the time would have reflected the great influx of cultures and ideas that crossed along the trading routes established through these ports.
Phoenicia itself was famed far and wide as the “traders in purple” in reference to their monopoly on the precious purple dye of the Murex snail. Phoenician artifacts closely resemble those of the surrounding area because many of their designs and techniques were adopted from the Greeks, Egyptians and the surrounding civilizations of the Levant.
The Baidun Shop’s collection of Phoenician arts contains a diverse array of objects that are remarkable for the fact that they are instantly distinct representations of everyday objects. Phoenician pottery and other vessels contain designs that are geometrically austere, yet the object’s shape is sometimes quite whimsical in form. Phoenicia fell sway to a number of expanding empires, as seen in the Phoenician coins that celebrate distant sovereigns. The wonderful artistry seen in our Phoenician objects is a constant feature of this ancient civilization’s powerful archaeological record that is still effecting to this day.