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Antika Pottery Kits

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Replica archaeological 'Antika Pottery Kits' from Jerusalem

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  1. Antika Pottery Kit: Amphora

    From the third century B.C. (the Hellenistic Period following the destruction of the First Temple, during which the Greeks occupied the Land), the Amphora jug-shaped pot is evidence of widespread trading of wine and oil conducted between all parts of the Mediterranean by Phonecian sailors. Amphoras are often discovered on the shores of Israel in the remains of ancient shipwrecks. They are large vessels (about four times the size of Antika's amphora) with two earlike handles and a conical base enabling comfortable carrying and secure storage. Their origin is thought to be found in the Aegean Islands.

    Antika-AmphoraThe original amphora (on which Antika's is modeled) is on display today at the Museum of Ancient Art in Haifa. It was chosen for presentation in the United States by the Smithsonian Institution.

    The Amphora Pottery Kit contains:
    potsherds buried in sand;
    glue (for sticking together potsherds);
    paintbrush (for applying glue);
    plaster (for filling in holes);
    spatula (for applying plaster);
    balloon (for applying plaster in some pieces);
    complete instructions and a welcome to the world of archaeology by Perli Pelzig (English & Hebrew);
    scroll explaining the beginnings of ancient pottery (English & Hebrew)
    a display card containing interesting information about the origin, usage, and history of your pot (English & Hebrew).

    Assembled Size: 4.5 X 4.5 X 15 inches

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  2. Antika Pottery Kit: Jerusalem

    This little juglet-oil filler from the Hellenistic Period (330-37 B.C., when the Greeks occupied the Land after the destruction of the First Temple) actually plays a huge role in Jewish history... and modern life. According to legend, the Hellenistic King Antiochus Epiphanes desecrated the Temple, rendering all the ritual oil impure and thus unfit for use. Upon overcoming the Greek forces, the rebelling Jewish warriors known as the Maccabees took possession of the Temple and sought to reconsecrate it to the service of God, but they found only one juglet- such as this one- whose oil had not been defiled.

    Antika-Pottery-Jerusalem A miracle occurred, however, and the oil in this one little juglet, really only enough to last one day, burned for eight days and nights... the time needed to make new, ritually pure oil. This miracle is still celebrated annually and is known as Chanukah, the Festival of Lights.

    The original juglet on which this one was modeled was discovered in a cave on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem and is today part of the Antika Collection.

    The Jerusalem Pottery Kit contains:
    potsherds buried in sand;
    glue (for sticking together potsherds);
    paintbrush (for applying glue);
    plaster (for filling in holes);
    spatula (for applying plaster);
    balloon (for applying plaster in some pieces);
    complete instructions and a welcome to the world of archaeology by Perli Pelzig (English & Hebrew);
    scroll explaining the beginnings of ancient pottery (English & Hebrew);
    a display card containing interesting information about the origin, usage, and history of your pot (English & Hebrew).

    Assembled Size: 3.5 X 3.5 X 6 inches

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    $39.95

  3. Antika Pottery Kit: Jordan Valley

    The Jordan Valley vessel with pierced handles is the oldest pot at The Bible Land Shop, dating from the Chalcolithic Period in the fourth millennium B.C. (that's 4,000-3,000 B.C.), way before the Patriarchs were even born. According to biblical timelines, that places the origin of this pot sometime within the first ten generations, between Adam and Noah!

    AntikaThe original, found in the Jordan Valley along the Jordan River, has a type of pierced handles that were confined to this period: they were made by applying a lump of clay to each side of the pot, then thrusting a stick through the lumps. This created holes through which a rope could be passed and tied over top a lid, forming a storage vessel impenetrable to insects.

    Archaeologists still know relatively little about the Chalcolithic Period in the Jordan Valley (it is a lot of layers down, you know), but the original Jordan Valley vessel on which this one was modeled can be seen in the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem today, along with all the interesting things they did learn from it.

    The Jordan Valley Pottery Kit contains:
    potsherds buried in sand;
    glue (for sticking together potsherds);
    paintbrush (for applying glue);
    plaster (for filling in holes);
    spatula (for applying plaster);
    balloon (for applying plaster in some pieces);
    complete instructions and a welcome to the world of archaeology by Perli Pelzig (English & Hebrew);
    scroll explaining the beginnings of ancient pottery (English & Hebrew);
    a display card containing interesting information about the origin, usage, and history of your pot (English & Hebrew).

    Assembled Size: 5.5 X 5.5 X 8 inches

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    $39.95

  4. Antika Pottery Kit: Megiddo

    The Carinated Bowl from the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1550 B.C.) is so named for its sharply angling shoulder, which resembles the keel of a ship (Latin carina). It is typical of the age of the Patriarchs, a period of refinement in pottery vessels, when it was used to hold both food and beverages.

    Antika-megiddoThe original vessel was found in Megiddo, situated on the path from Egypt (Africa) to Mesopotamia (Asia). Excavations in the city revealed twenty layers of continuous occupation. It was conquered by King David in the 10th century B.C. and became known for its horses and chariotmen during the reign of King Solomon.

    Such a bowl can be seen today in the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem.

    The Megiddo Pottery Kit contains:
    potsherds buried in sand;
    glue (for sticking together potsherds);
    paintbrush (for applying glue);
    plaster (for filling in holes);
    spatula (for applying plaster);
    balloon (for applying plaster in some pieces);
    complete instructions and a welcome to the world of archaeology by Perli Pelzig (English & Hebrew);
    scroll explaining the beginnings of ancient pottery (English & Hebrew);
    a display card containing interesting information about the origin, usage, and history of your pot (English & Hebrew).

    Assembled Size: 2 X 2 X 8.5 inches

    Shipped direct from the Holy Land

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    $39.95

  5. Antika Pottery Kit: Qumran

    The original Jars of the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the summer of 1947 by a Bedouin boy who went climbing up a cliff near Qumran. Looking for a lost goat, he picked up a stone and tossed it into a cave... alas, no goat came scampering out, but he did hear the sound of crashing pottery. This was the beginning of the most exciting and important archaeological discovery of the 20th century: that of the scrolls related to the Essenes, a Jewish/Christian sect that lived there 2000 years ago.

    Antika-PotteryThe Essenes, withdrawn into the wilderness to escape persecution by the Pharisees, lived a communal life that bore a remarkable resemblance to the early Christians. There is no doubt, despite all the mystery and controversy that surrounds the Dead Sea Scrolls, that the Essenes had an enormous influence on both John the Baptist and on Jesus of Nazareth.

    The original jars of Qumran were obviously used to store scrolls and other precious parchments, were about 50-65 centimeters (25-32.5 inches) in length, and are on display today in the Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, in Jerusalem.

    The Qumran Pottery Kit contains:
    potsherds buried in sand;
    glue (for sticking together potsherds);
    paintbrush (for applying glue);
    plaster (for filling in holes);
    spatula (for applying plaster);
    balloon (for applying plaster in some pieces);
    complete instructions and a welcome to the world of archaeology by Perli Pelzig (English & Hebrew);
    scroll explaining the beginnings of ancient pottery (English & Hebrew);
    a display card containing interesting information about the origin, usage, and history of your pot (English & Hebrew).

    Assembled Size: 2 X 2 X 8.5 inches

    Shipped direct from Israel.

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    $39.95

  6. Antika Pottery Kit: Tel Qasile

    This bowl is a replica of an artifact found in the excavation of the Tel Qasil (ancient Tel Aviv) Philistine Temple. Bird-shaped bowls were common in the 11th century B.C. (the century that saw the Judges and the story of Ruth), when they were frequently displayed on cylindrical stands. The bowl itself is wheel-thrown, while the wings and head had to be formed by hand. The original bowl from the Tel Qasil Temple is on exhibit today at the Eretz Yisrael Museum in Tel Aviv.

    Antika-Pottery-Qasile

    The Tel Qasil Pottery Kit contains:
    potsherds buried in sand;
    glue (for sticking together potsherds);
    paintbrush (for applying glue);
    plaster (for filling in holes);
    spatula (for applying plaster);
    balloon (for applying plaster in some pieces);
    complete instructions and a welcome to the world of archaeology by Perli Pelzig (English & Hebrew);
    scroll explaining the beginnings of ancient pottery (English and Hebrew);
    a display card containing interesting information about the origin, usage, and history of your pot (English & Hebrew).

    Assembled Size: 10.5 X 11 X 6.5 inches

    Shipped direct from Israel.

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    $49.95

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