Israel Museum

Seated and holding a lotus blossom, the ruler (at left) in this Late Bronze Age (1550–1200 B.C.E.) ivory panel from Tell el Far’ah (S) in the Canaanite Negev holds a cup that a princess fills from a situla (a small vessel). The panel is one of a group of ivory plaques with Egyptianized scenes of birding and fishing. The lotus blossom, however, is a Canaanite symbol of kingship.