The sceptres of life-sized divine statues from Canaanite Lachish and Hazor

Yosef Garfinkel*

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Despite the investigation of hundreds of ancient temples across the Near East, life-sized statues of divine figures are rare and none have been found in the Canaanite Levant. In this article, contextual and iconographic analyses are used to argue for the interpretation of objects from Canaanite temples at Tel Lachish and Hazor, Israel, as sceptres associated with life-sized statues. This represents the first evidence for life-sized divine figures in the region. In turn, this identification may assist in the recognition of similar objects from elsewhere in the Levant and beyond, and stimulate discussion of the power embodied by these statues.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)669-685
Number of pages17
Issue number375
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

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  • Canaanite religion
  • Israel
  • Levant
  • iconography
  • sceptres
  • statues


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