Avraham Hai, Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University

A large cow-eared figure stands on the left and a seated lyre-player on the right. In the center is a drawing of the god Bes. Bes, originally an Egyptian demi-god, is recognized by his arms akimbo and his characteristic head-dress. The figures on the left have exposed genitals or tails. The inscription above the two left hand figures includes the enigmatic words asherah (“consort”, “holy of holies”, or “tree-symbol”) and shomron (“guard” or “the city of Shomron”). If the correct reading is “consort”, two of the three figures may represent Yahweh and his consort.