A Vessel with a Snake Decoration from Khirbet ‘Aujah el-Foqa

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The article presents a vessel with an applied snake decoration recently excavated at the site of Khirbet ‘Aujah el-Foqa in the Jordan Valley. Kh. ‘Aujah el-Foqa is an Iron Age II (1,000–586 BCE) fortified site located on a hilltop controlling an important regional spring. The article discusses the find and its context, as well as its petrographic analysis. Notably, this vessel is the only figurative object found at the site thus far. In light of the find, the article addresses snake depictions and their significance during the Iron Age in general, and in particular on pottery items. Depictions of snakes or serpents in the Bronze and Iron Age Levant are rooted in both Egyptian and Mesopotamian traditions, yet they are rarely found on pottery vessels.
Translated title of the contributionכלי בעל עיטור נחש מחורבת עוג'א אל־פוקא
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)*38-*21
Journalבמעבה ההר
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Animals in art
  • Art, Ancient
  • Bet She'an (Israel) -- Antiquities
  • Bronze age
  • Eretz Israel -- Antiquities, Biblical
  • Iron age
  • Middle East -- Civilization
  • Petrology
  • Pottery, Ancient
  • Snakes


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