Amihai Mazar and Nava Panitz-Cohen

WHAT MEN OR GODS ARE THESE? A ninth-century B.C.E. “house shrine” from Tel Rehov. A lion (identified by its dangling tongue) sprawls atop, its paws positioned on two human heads. Who are these figures? Does this scene reference some unknown ritual? Are these figures characters from a lost local mythology? The depiction is unparalleled and baffling.