Silent witnesses to the destruction of the Late Bronze Age city of Lachish, these objects give proof of the city’s prosperity and close ties with Egypt before its fall in the 12th century B.C.
An ivory hand still seeks to clasp a now-missing object. Originally part of a human figure, the hand is approximately 5.3 inches long. A hole drilled behind the fingers allows it to grasp another object.
The unadorned beauty of a Canaanite goddess shines forth from this clay plaque. Her hair, cut in an elegant Egyptian style, gives evidence of the powerful cultural and social sway Egypt exercised over its Canaanite subjects in the 13th–12th centuries B.C.
A Pharaoh takes aim with bow and arrow at a lion standing in a thicket. In this unique scarab, only 0.7 inches wide, the Pharaoh’s name is omitted, indicating that the scarab was not meant to commemorate a particular event in his reign.