Courtesy Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums

Ivory scepters with pomegranates. Part of a cache of objects found in a temple at Lachish in the 1930s by the Wellcome Marston Archaeological Expedition, these scepters are approximately 9½ inches long and date to the 13th century B.C.

The ivory pomegranate described in this article may also be part of a scepter; if so, its rod was probably one foot long and the result would have looked much like these graceful scepters.