Ilan Sztulman

Egyptian culture at Ekron is reflected in this 9-inch-high, 13th-century B.C.E. ivory tusk, carved with a relief of a princess or goddess on one side and a cartouche of Pharaoh Merneptah on the other (a cartouche contains a royal name, usually inside an oval). Found in the seventh-century Temple 650, it and other Egyptian artifacts may represent Assyrian booty plundered from Egyptian temples.