Gabi Laron

Serpentine curves wind around a tenth- to ninth-century painted storage jar discovered in the courtyard of the Israelite high place. Decorations painted in red and black adorn the jar, although the black paint is barely visible today. The shape and style of the jar are typical of Phoenician pottery, yet the elaborate decoration—with diagonal slashes of paint, daubed dots, and the interlocking motif—is exceptional (see detail).