Courtesy Ephraim Stern/The Tel Dor Project

Relic of a conquest. This pottery vessel belongs to a class of artifacts known as Assyrian palace ware, so named because many such vessels have been recovered from palaces excavated at the ancient Assyrian capitals of Nimrud, Nineveh and Khorsabad. This piece was discovered at Dor, in Palestine, but its shape is typical of pottery found at various Assyrian sites. Undecorated and composed of a whitish, well-levigated (smoothed) clay, Assyrian-style palace ware has been unearthed in numerous excavations in northern Israel.