Snake symbol / Meander pattern

UnknownPre-Pottery Neolithic A, 10,000 years ago

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

This meander pattern incised in stone is probably the oldest representations of a snake. In many cutlers this motif symbolizes the cosmic waters, a central theme in agricultural societies.


  • Title: Snake symbol / Meander pattern
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Pre-Pottery Neolithic A, 10,000 years ago
  • Location: Netiv Ha'Gdud
  • Type: Symbolic Object
  • Rights: Staff Archaeological Officer in the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Stone
  • Exhibition: In The Beginning: Prehistory and the Origins of Myth, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Weisbord Exhibition Pavilion, 13/07/2005 - 08/04/2006
  • Dimensions: L: 10.8 cm; W: 9 cm; Th: 3.6 cm
  • Curator: Hershman, Debby

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