I'll bet you will never guess what these vessels are used for! Why would you put a handle in the middle of a bowl? Maybe because it's not a handle? Maybe because it is pedestal?
Ok. So why would you put a pedestal inside a bowl? Maybe to support something you wanted to wash . . . like a foot!
That's right. This is a traditional Palestinian footbath.
Think about the task of washing feet in an environment where water is precious. You could get a few washes out of a single bowl here, right?
These vessels are a part of the collection of the Palestinian Institute of Archaeology on the campus of Birzeit University.