Ancient Israel: Highlights from the Collections of the by Gabrielle V. Novacek

By Gabrielle V. Novacek

On January 29, 2005, the Oriental Institute celebrated the legit public commencing of the Haas and Schwartz Megiddo Gallery. This celebration marked the go back of a few of the main awesome artifacts ever excavated within the southern Levant to everlasting public exhibit. The Oriental Institute's prolific heritage of exploration within the sector is testomony to a long-standing scholarly ardour for discovery and the pursuit of data. This quantity attracts from the momentum generated through the hole of the Megiddo Gallery and current a range of highlights from the Institute's better Israel assortment.

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As such, the date palm appears throughout Near Eastern iconography as a popular symbol of fertility. 34 ancient israel 17. 35 the late bronze age 18. Mitannian Cylinder Seals and modern impre ssions a. 0 cm OIM A20928 b. 7 cm OIM A21119 interacting with one another during the Late Bronze Age was the kingdom of Mitanni, located in northern Mesopotamia in the Khabur River valley. In Assyrian textual sources, the Mitanni kingdom appears as Khanigalbat. Although the kingdom is identified with the Hurrian population groups who occupied the region at the time, Mitannian king names are of Indo-Aryan origin.

During this period, a large palace stood inside the main city gate in the northern part of the city. This stand was found in fragmentary condition inside of one of the many perimeter rooms which surrounded the central courtyard of the palace. Extensive restoration work was conducted, including the significant reconstruction of missing elements. THIS LARGE SACRIFICIAL OFFERING stand The stand itself may be a model of a shrine or temple structure. The style of painted decoration on this offering stand is particularly interesting because it reflects one of the most characteristic traditions of artistic motifs used on ceramic vessels in the Late Bronze Age in the southern Levant, here rendered on a religious artifact.

Psalms 68:5 42 ancient israel 22. 43 the late bronze age 23. 23. 6 cm OIM A14117 found in virtually every stratum at Megiddo, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age (compare no. 46, p. 91). Female figurines are the most prominent and are typically believed to represent traditional fertility goddesses. These goddesses are generally depicted as being voluptuous and with large breasts. This figurine from a Late Bronze Age tomb is rendered in a characteristic and enduring stance, holding her breasts in her hands.

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