What Is It?
Picture
A. A child’s cup
B. A ritual incense holder
C. A festival wine cup
D. An inkwell
E. A magical potion holder
Answer: (D) Inkwell
One of possibly two inkwells found at the Galilean town of Nabratein, the excavators date it to the Roman period, perhaps as late as the 3rd century C.E.1 The inkwell is a little more than an inch and a half high and across.
Inkwells from the early Roman period have been found at a number of sites, most notably Qumran, where three or possibly more inkwells were excavated or looted. Inkwells have also been found at Meiron, a Jewish town near Nabratein; at Jerusalem (two in the so-called “Burnt House”a); and at a site in Jordan (Queilbeh).

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