Rare Late Bronze Age Proto-Canaanite Terracotta Storage Amphora with Proto-Sinaitic Script, an incised Hieroglyphic Canaanite letter (Ayn) which means eye, ca. 16th century BCE. Artifact is professionally repaired from several original pieces and in very good condition. Conical in form and tapering to base, light encrustation and is 17 1/2 " high x 12 1/2" diameter handle to handle. Ex: Private Boca Raton, Florida. The Hierglyphic letter Ayn (also ayin, aynu, ain, & ayn) is the sixteenth letter of the Semitic abjads, including Phoenician ʿayin Phoenician ayin.svg, Hebrew ʿayin ע, Aramaic ʿē Ayin.svg, Syriac ʿē ܥ, and Arabic ʿayn ع (where it is sixteenth in abjadi order only). Proto-Sinaitic, also referred to Proto-Canaanite when found in Canaan, is a Middle Bronze Age (Middle Kingdom) script attested in a small corpus of inscriptions found at Serabit el-Khadim in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, considered the earliest trace of alphabetic writing, and the common ancestor of the Ancient South Arabian script and Phoenician alphabet (and by extension, every other subsequent alphabet). The earliest "Proto-Sinaitic" inscriptions are mostly dated to between the mid-19th (early date) and the mid-16th (late date) century BC. "The principal debate is between an early date, around 1850 BC, and a late date, around 1550 BC. The choice of one or the other date decides whether it is proto-Sinaitic or proto-Canaanite, and by extension locates the invention of the alphabet in Egypt or Canaan respectively."