Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Amalyah Oren
Royal capital
Iron Age II, 9th–7th century BCE
H: 63; W: 42; L: 127 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1968-455
This capital was 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 the capitals of this type 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