Ashmolean Library

One of the dozens of seals from Judah with Hebrew inscriptions and Egyptian motifs. A seal belonging to Hanna bears an ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life, in front of a sphinx wearing the crown of Egypt.

Egyptian motifs later would fall out of favor in Judah; Hezekiah’s great-grandson Josiah aligned himself with Babylonia, the new rising power to the north, and died in battle trying to block the Egyptian army.