Ancient Near East, Phoenicia, ca. 1200 BCE. A bronze amulet, with a loop on the back for suspension, depicting two figures standing side by side. One of the figures is almost certainly Reshef (Resheph), a deity associated with the plague and shared by the Canaanites, Phoenicians, and Egyptians. He is always depicted with a tall hat and some kind of band slung back over the shoulder or back. Here, both figures have that band, and one has the pointed hat. Figures like this one and other statuettes of gods were produced in workshops, and spread out through trade as far afield as Spain. Size: 0.6" W x 1.5" H (1.5 cm x 3.8 cm)
Provenance: Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, Ex- Abu Taam collection
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