Zev Radovan

Broad-faced and benign in appearance, these simple female heads are among the fragments of 58 ceramic anthropomorphic vessels and fertility figurines found in the fill of an eighth-century B.C. building. Probably fertility charms, these figurines are evidence of diverse religious beliefs and practices in Jerusalem during the reign of Hezekiah, when refugees from the north, fleeing Assyrian conquerors, swelled the population of the city.