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Pedestal for the figure of a deity

UnknownIron Age II, 12th century BCE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

This pedestal is decorated with a rich array of sacred motifs: below, a naked goddess flanked by lions; above, a calf symbolizing a god flanked by two pillars, alluding to a temple, and surmounted by a winged sun disk. The combination of these symbols led to the conclusion that is was a pedestal for a figure of the storm god.

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  • Title: Pedestal for the figure of a deity
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Iron Age II, 12th century BCE
  • Location: Taanach
  • Type: Cult stand
  • Rights: SAOJS, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Pottery
  • Dimensions: H: 53.7; W: 22; L: 24.5 cm
  • Curator: Dayagi-Mendels, Michal

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