Copyright 1982 Erich Lessing/Culture and Fine Arts Archives

Throne for a king or for a cult statue. During past excavation seasons at Tel Dan in northern Israel, volunteers have shared the excitement of uncovering this throne in the Israelite (ninth century B.C.) city gate. Three round carved socketed bases, two to the right of the platform and one to its left, probably held poles that supported a canopy for the throne. Archaeologists assume that a fourth base was once part of the configuration but has not survived.