Cooking pot with two strap-handles - 910.87.32_1


Cooking pot with two strap-handles

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware, thrown)
Geography: Acquired in either Taibeh/Tayibe or Beisan/Beit She'an (ancient Scythopolis), Israel
Date: 1st-3rd Century
Period: Roman Imperial period
14.8 cm
Object number: 910.87.32
Not on view

This is of a group of pottery acquired by the ROM in 1910 from J. Vester & Co of the American Colony in Jerusalem. Vesters in turn had acquired them from J. D. Whiting in 1907. The records show that Whiting had obtained the objects from "Beisan, Taibeh, etc.", but the material got mixed up in a fire at Vester's, and so which of these find-spots, or if the find-spot was "etc.", is unknown.

Beisan is still the Arabic name of what is now also known as Beit She'an or Beth Shan, and in the Seleucid and Roman period was the important city of Scythopolis, the city of the Scythians. Taibeh, or al-Tayiba, is a Palestinian village which is probably less likely to be the origin, while the "etc." sites are presumably even less likely.

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