Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Neta Dror
Silver hoard
Iron Age II, 9th-8th century BCE
Silver and pottery
H: 18.2; Diam: 11.4 cm; Weight: 5.4 kg
Staff Archaeological Officer in the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria
Accession number: K2756
The jug was inscribed in ink with the Hebrew word for “five” in ancient Hebrew script. It is assumed that this was an abbreviation for the weight of silver it contained – five hundred shekels.

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