Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Amalyah Oren
Royal capital
Ramat Rahel
Iron Age II, 7th century BCE
H: 50; W: 42; L: 127 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1956-1414
Royal capital was of this type were inspired by the palm-tree motif, a common fertility symbol in Ancient Near Eastern art. They are among the hallmarks of Israelite and Judahite architecture. Most of these capitals surmounted pilasters, columns attached on one side to a wall.

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