The thin lines that mark the top half of this large amphoriskos are on the primal end of art history, yet their application is so intricate as to reveal the care and attention to detail of the Canaanite artisan who applied them to the vessel’s exterior over 5000 years ago.

The large egg-shaped body of this amphoriskos allowed it to hold substantial amounts of liquid, be it wine, water or oil. The rich desert tones of its smooth exterior stand out boldly among the monochrome paint that scratch its surface.