Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Nahum Slapak
Balustrade
Ramat Rahel
Iron Age II, 7th century BCE
Limestone
H: 37; L: 125 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1964-1287 (1964-1285, 1964-1282, 1997-1143, 1964-1286)
 
 
This railing is one of the finest examples of the kind of architectural ornamentation used in royal edifices. Its function is best demonstrated by the exquisitely carved ivory inlay from the palace at Samaria, depicting a woman looking out of a window behind an identical railing.

Publications:
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

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