Cultic objects from the “Shrine of the Stelae”
Late Canaanite period, 15th-13th century BCE
Israel Antiquities Authority
A small shrine with a single room was unearthed in Hazor’s lower city. In the wall opposite the entrance, there was a niche containing a row of standing stones (masseboth), with an offering table and a figure carrying a bowl in front. The crescent on the figure’s breast was a symbol of the moon god Sin. The central stone features a pair of hands venerating moon symbols. The stones, as well as the ones found outside the temple, were commemorative, perhaps recalling a king, priest, or ancestors.
The lion relief on the right belongs to an earlier phase of the shrine.