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Model shrine
Iron Age II, 9th-8th century BCE
H: 29; W: 30 cm
Gift of the Reuben and Edith Hecht Trust, Haifa
Accession number: 82.24.415

This model reflects actual temple architecture. Its capitals and columns closely resemble some of the architectural elements found in archaeological excavations. The function of the model, however, is not clear. The model recalls the biblical description of the entrance to Solomon’s Temple, with its pair of free-standing columns, “Yakhin” and “Boaz.”

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
Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006

The Beauty of Sanctity: Masterworks from Every Age, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 29/03/2005 - 12/11/2005

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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