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Scepter from the Cave of the Treasure

Scepter from the Cave of the Treasure

Scepter from the Cave of the Treasure

Copper

H: 27.5; W: 13 cm

Israel Antiquities Authority
IAA:

1961-88

Archaeology/Chalcolithic & Canaanite Periods

This beautifully designed scepter, decorated with the heads of four ibexes and a ram, has become a symbol of the Chalcolithic Period. Produced with the innovative "lost-wax" technique, it was found in a hoard of hundreds of ritual objects hidden in a cave in the Judean Desert. The hoard apparently came from the nearby sanctuary at En Gedi. The scepter was mounted on a pole and probably carried during processions held in or near the sanctuary.

From the Israel Museum publications:

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

3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015