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Standing stone depicting the Canaanite god Mekal
Beth Shean
Late Canaanite period, 13th century BCE
H: 27.8; W: 19.8 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA S-982
On this Egyptian-style standing stone, “Mekal, the god, the lord of Beth Shean” is shown seated on a throne, receiving lotus flowers from the builder Amenemapt and his son Paraemheb, dedicators of the monument. Mekel holds the ankh symbol of life and the was scepter of death, reflecting this deity’s dual role.

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