Moshe Weinberg, Michal Roche-Ben Ami and Israel Finkelstein

Graceful in proportions and pleasing in simplicity, this MB IIC (1650–1550 B.C.) cultic stand consists of two parts: the long, elegant base with open “windows,” and resting upon it, an open bowl. Both parts are ceramic. The stand was found crushed in one of the storage rooms adjacent to the Middle Bronze city fortification wall; from the crushed pieces it was possible to reconstruct the vessel entirely. Incense was probably burned in the bowl of the cultic stand.