Israel Dept. of Antiquities and Museums/Zev Radovan

Nabatean pottery, thin and delicate in form, is celebrated for its fine craftsmanship and beauty. Rarely discovered intact, the fragile ware usually features plant decorations or abstract designs painted on a red or brown background. The examples shown here were part of a funerary meal found in the necropolis at Mampsis. Three pairs of “double cones” and three large palmettes decorate the bowl, while the cup bears representations of dolphins and a wreath.