National Museums—Paris

Baal with “lightning” strides across a white limestone stele found south of the temple of Baal. The stele, dating to the 14th to 13th centuries B.C., is almost 1.5 feet high and 20 inches wide. Baal wears a helmet with two horns in front; with his right hand he holds a club over his head; his left hand holds a lance with its point on the ground. The “branches” at the top of the lance may be intended to represent lightning. The man portrayed near Baal may have donated the stele to the temple.