The Louvre, Department of Oriental Antiquities

A bronze and gold statue of Baal, approximately 7.5 inches tall, one of many found at Ugarit, was worshipped as the deified embodiment of the earth’s fertility. The weapons this statue once held are missing.

Centuries after this statue was made Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18:20–40) and exhorted the Israelites, “If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him” (1 Kings 18:21).