Our cups overfloweth: “kabri goblets” and canaanite feasts in the middle bronze age levant

Assaf Yasur-Landau, Eric H. Cline, Inbal Samet

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Excavations at Tel Kabri in Israel have uncovered a goblet type—the so-called “Kabri Goblet”—which iswithout clear parallels in the Middle Bronze Age ceramic repertoire of the southern Levant. Dozens of complete and fragmentaryexamples found in middle and late MB II phases (17th and early 16th centuries B.C.E.) indicate that this was a commondrinking ware in both palatial and domestic contexts. Its decoration, as well as its shape, however, may be deliberate archaisms.The form has its origin in goblet types used in the region of the Western Galilee already in the Intermediate BronzeAge. This conservatism stands in stark contrast to the willingness of the Kabri elite to consume imported Cypriot pottery (orrather the goods shipped within such pottery) and to commission Aegean art as painted decoration within the palace.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOur Cups Are Full
Subtitle of host publicationPottery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age. Papers Presented to Jeremy B. Rutter on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781784913243
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2011

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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