Bronze inkwell, Khirbet Qumran, before 68 AD, with 2 basket type handles turning opposite direction on the concave top, round corpus, h. 8 cm, diam. 8 cm, with pedestal base, decoration of parallel incised lines around rim and around ink hole. Green patina.
Context: Found 1950 on the Khirbet Qumran site prior to the official
excavations, together with a bronze miniature incense altar with 4 protruding
horns at the corners, other inkwells in bronze and clay were
found during the excavations at Khirbet Qumran in 1951, 1953 and 1966-67.
There exist only 2 more inkwells of the elaborate type of the present item.
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