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Rare 3,800-Year-Old Pottery Vessel with Human Sculpture Discovered in Israel

Yehud excavation site of 3800 year old jug 272J3.jpg (Photo: IAA/ASHERNET)

Students excavating in the city of Yehud found a rare jug from the Middle Bronze Age featuring a small human sculpture.

“It literally happened on the last day of the excavation, when right in front of our eyes – and those of the excited students – an unusual ceramic vessel 18 cm. high was exposed with the image of a person on top of it,” recalled Itach [excavation director on behalf of the Antiquities Authority]

“It seems that the jug, which is typical of the period, was prepared, and afterward the unique sculpture was added, the likes of which have never before [been found]... The level of precision and attention to detail in creating this almost 4,000-year-old sculpture is extremely impressive.”

Itach said the neck of the jug served as a base for forming the upper portion of the figure, after which the arms, legs and a face were added to the sculpture.

“One can see that the face of the figure seems to be resting on its hand, as if in a state of reflection,” he said.

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