Exquisite Old Testament-era head of a king found in Israel but subject’s identity a mystery
An enigmatic sculpture of a king’s head dating back nearly 3,000 years has left researchers guessing at whose face it depicts.
The 5cm (two-inch) sculpture is an exceedingly rare example of figurative art from the region during the fourth century BC – a period associated with biblical kings. It is exquisitely preserved but for a bit of missing beard, and nothing quite like it has been found before.
In the iron age, if there’s any figurative art … it’s of very low quality. And this is of exquisite quality.
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