Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Model shrine
Iron Age II, 9th-8th century BCE
H: 23.5; W:18; L: 21 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1940-286
Models of this type reflect actual temple architecture. Their capitals and columns closely resemble some of the architectural elements found in the excaation. The function of the models, however, is not clear. The dove portrayed on this object probably represents the goddess Asherah. The models recall the biblical description of the entrance to Solomon’s Temple, with its pair of free-standing columns, “Yakhin” and “Boaz.”

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