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THE BARE ESSENTIALS. During Iron Age II (1000–586 B.C.E.), when Israelite identity was fully formed, the Israelites continued to use pottery with minimal decoration and embellishment. Their pottery, such as this eighth-century B.C.E. assemblage of bowls, jugs and lamps from Jerusalem, was functional and utilitarian but generally lacked painted decoration.