Courtesy Tadateru Nishiura, the Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties

“Recessed and latticed” windows adorned Solomon’s Temple, according to 1 Kings 6:4. Scholars have long wondered just what this enigmatic Biblical description might refer to. Now, author Monson suggests that this recessed and latticed carving from the antechamber of the ‘Ain Dara temple may provide the key.

Two rows of horizontal figure eights provide the lattice in this false window. To the right juts out a series of increasingly thick window frames. (The upper and left frames have not survived.)