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Bull statuette

Bull statuette

Bull statuette

Bronze

H: 12.5; L: 17.5 cm

Staff Archaeological Officer in the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria
Accession number:

K3942

Archaeology/Israelite & Persian Periods

Found at an open-air ritual site in the Israelite heartland, this fine statuette brings to mind the golden calf of the Exodus story, as well as the golden calves placed by King Jeroboam I in Bethel and Dan. Canaanite in inspiration, it attests to Israelite adoption of a Canaanite motif. For the Israelites it may have symbolized God, or the pedestal of the unseen God.