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Figurines of donkeys carrying produce

Figurines of donkeys carrying produce

Figurines of donkeys carrying produce

Pottery

L: 8.4–9.5; W: 6.3–8 cm

Gift of Prof. Dan Barag, Jerusalem, in memory of his parents Drs. Gershon and Gerda Dina Barag

Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number:

97.93.16

IAA:

1970-614, 2008-1091

Archaeology/Chalcolithic & Canaanite Periods

The domestication of the donkey at the beginning of this period provided new opportunities for long-distance trade throughout the Ancient Near East. It replaced the ram as the main means of transportation and primary beast of burden, retaining this role until the appearance of the horse at the beginning of the 2nd millennium BCE and the camel at the end. Figurines of donkeys bearing vessels filled with agricultural offerings may have been used in fertility rite.