Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Neta Dror
“Arrow of Abdlabit,” inscription on an arrowhead
El-Khadr
Iron Age I, 12th century BCE
Bronze
L: 11 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA פ-526288
 
 
The dot in the letter ayin represents a pupil, a remnant of the pictographic origin of the letter whose name means “eye.”

Publications:
Hestrin, Ruth, Israeli, Yael, Meshorer, Yaakov, Eitan, Avraham, Inscriptions reveal: Documents from the time of the Bible, the Mishna and the Talmud, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1973, English / Hebrew

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