Avraham Hay

Pottery chalices decorated with pomegranates were among the cultic vessels found at Horvat Qitmit. An intact pomegranate juts down from the right side of one chalice, at center, which also exhibits traces of six more pomegranate decorations that once encircled the vessel. Fragments of another such chalice, left, and pomegranates, right, are also shown. The pomegranate, found throughout the Near East, probably symbolized fertility because of its numerous seeds.