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The calf and its shrine

The calf and its shrine

The calf and its shrine

Pottery and silver-plated bronze

Statuette: H: 10.5 cm; L: 11 cm

Model shrine: H: 25 cm; W: 12 cm

Israel Antiquities Authority
IAA:

1990-1119, 1990-1120

Archaeology/Chalcolithic & Canaanite Periods

This statuette of a calf, found inside the small model shrine, was discovered in a temple in Ashkelon. The horned calf symbolized the young and energetic storm god.

From the Israel Museum publications:

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

Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005

Exhibitions:

Ashkelon: A Retrospective - 30 Years of the Leon Levy Expedition, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 10/07/2016 - 05/08/2017

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