Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Cultic objects from the “Shrine of the Stelae”
Late Bronze Age, 15th–13th century BCE
Israel Antiquities Authority
A small shrine with a single room was unearthed in Hazor’s lower city. In the wall opposite the entrance, there was a niche containing a row of standing stones (masseboth), with an offering table and a figure carrying a bowl in front. The crescent on the figure’s breast was a symbol of the moon god Sin. The central stone features a pair of hands venerating moon symbols. The stones, as well as the ones found outside the temple, were commemorative, perhaps recalling a king, priest, or ancestors.

The lion relief on the right belongs to an earlier phase of the shrine.

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