Thursday, March 12, 2009

Artifacts and the Temple 4: Miniature Shrine

Another model temple from the Syria-Palestine region (now at the Louvre). This one shows twin pillars on the porch, paralleling the bronze columns on Solomon's Temple. The image in the gateway of the temple is a goddess, perhaps Asherah, representing the presence of the goddess in the temple. This shrine probably parallels both the form and the ideology of Solomon's Temple.

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