Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Avraham Hay
The calf and its shrine
Middle Bronze Age, 16th century BCE
Pottery and silver-plated bronze
Statuette: H: 10.5 cm; L: 11 cm
Model shrine: H: 25 cm; W: 12 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1990-1119, 1990-1120
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.

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

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