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“Crown” from the Cave of the Treasure

“Crown” from the Cave of the Treasure

“Crown” from the Cave of the Treasure

Copper

H: 17.5; Diam: 16.8 cm

Israel Antiquities Authority
IAA:

1961-177

Archaeology/Chalcolithic & Canaanite Periods

This is the most elaborate of ten “crowns” found in the Judean Desert hoard. Despite its shape, it was probably not an actual crown, but a model of a type of round burial structure found in Chalcolithic cemeteries. The object has two elaborate “facades,” each decorated with a pair of horns, two birds of prey, and two columns (one now missing). Made with the lost-wax technique, it was probably used in cultic ceremonies.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Treasures of the Holy Land, Ancient Art from the Israel Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986