National Museums—Paris

Gold plate or patera. One of the most beautiful artifacts discovered at Ugarit is this gold plate, or patera, which depicts a royal hunt. In addition to the hunter with a bow and arrow in a chariot drawn by two stallions, we see an ibex and two wild bulls, a cow and its calf and the hunter’s dog, all on the outer circle of this 14th-century B.C. plate. The inner circle contains four ibexes, whose horns surround a solar disk. Measuring 7.5 inches in diameter, the plate was found near Ugarit’s temple of Baal.