Avraham Hay and Michal Roche

This two-winged emblem of a royal seal was found in excavations at Lachish. Archaeologists were, however, unsure of the level from which it came. In the recent excavations at Lachish one four-handled jar, reconstructed from broken pieces of pottery found in Level III, had on two of its handles the two-winged royal stamp. (On the other two handles were private stamps, inscribed, Meshulam [son of] Ahimelech.) So this two-winged l’melekh handle should also be attributed to Level III.

The jar handle shown here has the words l’melekh and the name of the city Sochoh inscribed on it.