Model shrine

UnknownIron Age II, 9th-8th century BCE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Models of this type reflect actual temple architecture. Their capitals and columns closely resemble some of the architectural elements found in archaeological excavations. The function of the models, however, is not clear. The models recall the biblical reference to the entrance of Solomon’s Temple, with its pair of free-standing columns, “Yakhin” and “Boaz.”

Credit: Gift of the Reuben and Edith Hecht Trust, Haifa

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  • Title: Model shrine
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Iron Age II, 9th-8th century BCE
  • Location: Provenance unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: w180 x h235 x d210 mm
  • Type: Model shrine
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem / by Meidad Suchowolski
  • Medium: Pottery
  • Viewing Notes: Curator: Dayagi-Mendels, Michal