A hallmark of Philistine culture is its distinctive pottery, which shows a clear progression over time. The earliest Philistine pottery in Canaan was brought from homelands in the Aegean and is decorated in only one color; the next group is made of local clays but is still decorated with a single color. In later periods the Philistines began to use two colors, red and black, as decoration and developed several favorite motifs, including depictions of stylized birds and, as in the example shown here, elaborate geometric forms. Like the Ashdoda, Philistine pottery testifies to the high level of Philistine culture.