Uzi Avner

The long and short of it. This pair of masseboth in the southern Negev were found in place but broken. When they were mended they conformed to a common pattern among pairs of masseboth in which a tall, narrow stone stands to the left of a short broad stone in the eye of the viewer (the stone in the foreground is an offering table). The pattern, Avner notes, corresponds to the usual placement of male figures to the left of females in ancient Near Eastern figurative art.