Recently Discovered Iron Age Lion Figurines from Jerusalem

Raz Kletter, Katri Saarelainen, Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah

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More than 500 Iron Age (8th-6th centuries BCE) figurines were discovered in the Western Wall Plaza excavations in Jerusalem. Two figurine heads most likely depict lions, one of them unique - holding another animal in its mouth. In this article we discuss the identification as lions, the lion motif in the Southern Levant, and theories concerning lions in the Bible. In our view, the 'new' figurines represent lions as wild animals.
TidskriftAntiguo Oriente
Sidor (från-till)39-70
Antal sidor32
StatusPublicerad - 2015
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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