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Stamped Jar Handle

Stamped Jar Handle

Israel, late 8th century B.C.E.
  • Clay: impressed and fired
  • 2 1/2 x 3 x 2 in. (6.4 x 7.6 x 5.1 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Archaeology Acquisition Fund, JM 12-73.271
  • Digital image © 2006 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama
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This is a lamelekh seal impression. It is the same piece illustrated immediately above the group shot. It says belonging to the king, Hebron.

Stamped Jar Handle

Stamped Jar Handle

Israel, late 8th century B.C.E.
  • Clay: impressed and fired
  • 2 x 2 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. (5.1 x 7.3 x 3.2 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Archaeology Acquisition Fund, JM 12-73.280
  • Digital image © 2006 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama
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This handle fragment bears a stamp with a person's name: Meshullam [son of] Ahimelekh. These stamps with names were found on the same jars with the lamelekh stamps and are thus part of the same phenomenon. There has been much debate over who the individuals were; some proposed they were royal officials, others that they were private individuals, possibly potters. It now seems clear that they were stamped at the place where the jars were made and had something to do with jar production.

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