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A musical ensemble on a ritual stand
Ashdod
Iron Age I, late 11th – early 10th century BCE
Pottery
H: 34.7; Diam: 16.2 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1968-1182

This stand, used for offerings of food or incense, is decorated with musicians: two playing the flute, one the cymbals, another a lyre, and the last a tambourine. Above the musicians runs a procession of three animals, perhaps representing sacrifices.


From the Israel Museum publications:
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005
Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir


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