Courtesy Nahman Avigad

Two worshippers kneel before the sun god, represented by a flying scarab, in the largest panel of a Hebrew seal that dates roughly to the eighth century B.C. Above this scene is an Egyptian royal collar, probably an accoutrement of a sun god whose head has been broken or worn away. On a lower panel, a lion pursues an ibex. Beneath this panel are Hebrew letters for Sh’l, or Saul, the owner of this seal.