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Discovering Ancient Oman

Long-handled bowls

Assemblage of long-handled bowls (IMTO archive)

Muscat, Office of the Adviser to HM the Sultan for Cultural Affairs
Baked clay
Iron Age
A large number of long-handled bowls was discovered in the Iron Age levels of Salut. They were typical objects of this period, very common in the whole South East Arabia.
Interpreted as oil lamps or incense burners, because of the traces of burning inside the bowl, these objects have a medium length of 20-25 cm. They are composed by a shallow open reservoir, with a flat horizontal handle, rounded at its end.
The handle upper surfaces are decorated with various motifs and techniques, the most usual of which is constituted by engraved lines forming a chevron motif, as shown in these exemplars. (AL)