Courtesy of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon

LUXURY GREEK WARE. Ashkelon was part of the trade network that distributed East Greek pottery from the Iberian Peninsula to the Black Sea. Valued for their decoration and quality, these ceramics were hot commodities in Ashkelon, though they still had to compete with other imports, such as those from Cyprus and Phoenicia. Many fragments of East Greek oinochoai were recovered in the marketplace. This fragment decorated in “Wild Goat Style” portrays a sitting goose—the head, neck and body of which are visible—with wings represented by linear, stylized feathers.