Philistine pottery, swans   [59 x 92 cm]

Source of image: Decorative motifs on Philistine pottery
Embroidery: Hadeel Abu-Rabia', Drejat, Naqab

Decorated Philistine pottery is known for some of the most beautiful motifs on early Iron Age decorated pottery. Stylistic representations of birds in the Mycenaean style were considered to be sacred. They are also featured on the Philistine ships in the reliefs in Ramesses III (20th Dynasty) mortuary temple at Medinet Habu, Thebes (modern Luxor), Egypt. They depict his battle with the Sea Peoples around 1175 BCE.

Era: Iron Age (1,250—721 BCE)

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