‘Atiqot 72 (2012)
A Scarab from the Western Wall Plaza Excavations, Jerusalem
Keywords: Jerusalem, Iron Age, art, glyptics, iconography, deity, Egypt
A scarab was found in a quarry west of the Iron Age four-room house unearthed in the Western Wall Plaza Excavations, Jerusalem. The scarab, made of baked steatite, is fragmentary, and was probably trapezoidal. On its base are traces of the name of the Egyptian god Amun-Re. Based on the features of the scarab and the inscription, the object was most probably produced during the time of Dynasty XXII (945–713 BCE).
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