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PEERING OUT OF THE PALACE. The ivory carving depicts a woman with an Egyptian hairstyle looking out of what may be a Window of Appearances. Common among Phoenician ivories, this scene is called the “Woman at the Window.” Although this panel, nearly 4.5 inches tall, comes from Nimrud in modern Iraq, a similar one was excavated at Samaria. Both date to the ninth–eighth century B.C.E.