The bichrome decorations on this large jar were typical of Phoenician pottery from the late Iron Age. The painted diamonds and stripes on the jar’s upper half are modest adornments that contrast with the earthy tones of the red slip. Used in antiquity for the simple purpose of holding water or other ointments, this jug would have been one of many useful vessels found in the average Phoenician home.

Dating from approximately 1000 B.C.E. – 850 B.C.E., this jar is only moderately worn from age and remains whole. The jar is 20 cm in height from the flared top of its thin mouth to the bottom of its pinched base.