BELONGING TO THE KING. BAR readers will be familiar with lmlk jars, found in store cities throughout southern Judah and typically dated to the time of King Hezekiah (729–686 B.C.E.). Stamped on their handles with the Hebrew phrase lmlk—“belonging to the king”—and featuring the two-winged sun disc, an early symbol of the Israelite monarchy, these jars contained goods that were set aside for use or distribution by the royal authorities.