Ancient Head From Biblical City Unearthed By Hebrew U And APU

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Ancient Head From Biblical City Unearthed By Hebrew U And APU


May 31, 2018

The latest artifact unearthed from the joint Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Azusa Pacific University archeological site of Tel Abel Beth Maacah in Northern Israel went on display this week at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. In an exhibit located adjacent to the famous “House of David” inscription from Tel Dan, a small glazed ceramic head dating from the late Iron Age IIA (9th century BC) is now on display.

The head measures 2.2 x 2 inches and has carefully executed features, including glossy black tresses combed back from a headband painted in yellow and black and a manicured beard. His almond-shaped eyes and pupils are lined in black and the pursed lips give him a look that is part pensive, part stern. The glazed surface is tinted light green due to the addition of copper to the quartz paste. Its elegant style indicates that the man was a distinguished personage, probably a king. By all appearances, the head appears to have broken off from the body of a figurine that stood 8-10 inches high.

Details about the figurine head and its discovery were recently presented by Dr. Naama Yahalom-Mack of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Given that the head was found in a city that sat on the border of three different ancient kingdoms, we do not know whether it depicts the likes of King Ahab of Israel, King Hazael of Aram-Damascus, or King Ethbaal of Tyre, rulers known from the Bible and other sources - however the head does represent a royal enigma.


Read more here:
A Royal Enigma: Ancient Head from Biblical City Displayed at Israel Museum

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