Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Ritual stand
Iron Age, 12th century BCE
H: 9.8; W: 8.5; L: 8.5 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1936-961
This stand is decorated with identical scenes depicting either a deity and worshiper or a ruler and subject. It seems to be a scaled-down version of larger stands, some with wheels, which supported basins used in religious ceremonies, recalling the wheeled stands used in Solomon’s Temple, decorated with lions, oxen, and cherubim (1 Kings 7:27–37).

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