Ancient Israel: Highlights from the Collections of the by Gabrielle V. Novacek

By Gabrielle V. Novacek

On January 29, 2005, the Oriental Institute celebrated the reputable public beginning of the Haas and Schwartz Megiddo Gallery. This get together marked the go back of a few of the main awesome artifacts ever excavated within the southern Levant to everlasting public exhibit. The Oriental Institute's prolific heritage of exploration within the sector is testomony to a long-standing scholarly ardour for discovery and the pursuit of information. This quantity attracts from the momentum generated by way of the outlet of the Megiddo Gallery and current a range of highlights from the Institute's larger Israel assortment.

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What is perhaps most remarkable about the Megiddo ivories is the comprehensive range of cultural traditions preserved in their motifs. As a group, the ivories serve as testimony to the widespread internationalism of the Late Bronze Age. The artistic motifs of the southern Levant that we see in the Megiddo ivories reflect the fact that a local artistic tradition was much slower to develop there than in Egypt or Mesopotamia. As such, the inspirations for many of the motifs that we see in the ivories come from the Aegean, Cyprus, the Hittite lands, and Egypt, reflecting Megiddo’s role as a cultural crossroads.

Crabs, birds, and other animals were also sometimes used and also appear on this piece. ” The date palm served as a critical part of ancient subsistence, used for timber, weaving, animal fodder, high-energy food, and the production of date-palm wine. As such, the date palm appears throughout Near Eastern iconography as a popular symbol of fertility. 34 ancient israel 17. 35 the late bronze age 18. Mitannian Cylinder Seals and modern impre ssions a. 0 cm OIM A20928 b. 7 cm OIM A21119 interacting with one another during the Late Bronze Age was the kingdom of Mitanni, located in northern Mesopotamia in the Khabur River valley.

The children gather sticks, the fathers build the fire, and the mothers knead dough, to make cakes for the Queen of Heaven, and they pour libations to other gods, to vex Me. — Jeremiah 7:17–18 19. 7 cm OIM A20900 19. 38 ancient israel 20. 20. 6 cm OIM A18585 Age, the city of Megiddo was part of the Egyptian empire. Although it would seem logical to assume that Megiddo’s status as a vassal would have left it in a state of decline, the Late Bronze Age levels at the site have in fact produced some of the most exquisite luxury goods ever to have been found at any site in the southern Levant.

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