Israelite Red Slip Wine Decanter
This red slip wine decanter has a ring base that bulges widely out, narrowing to a small neck that flares upward into a double-ringed mouth. The small handle is both graceful and useful, while the smooth, bulbous shape of this vessel lends it a symbolic form.
This wine decanter dates from approximately 800 B.C.E. – 586 B.C.E., aligning with the late Iron Age. This piece is traced to ancient Israelites, a time when Israel was ruled as an independent kingdom, although there may have been some overlap with Assyrian rule, which started at around 700 B.C.E.. Wine was just as important in ancient Israel as it was throughout the region, so we can assume this wine decanter was used often in order to fill the glasses of many ancient individuals. It is in excellent condition and remains a beautiful, elegant piece.