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Object Number:29-108-105
Current Location: Rome Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Israel
Beth Shean
Archaeology Area: Level III or IV, Summit, Room 147
Period: Iron Age IIB
Date Made: 925 BCE-400 CE
Early Date: -925
Late Date: 400
Section:Near Eastern
Height: 13.5 cm
Width: 11.6 cm
Depth: 5 cm
Credit Line:Expedition to Beth Shean (Beisan); Clarence Fisher, 1921-1928
Other Number:3303 - Field No SF


In the form of a hollow lion's head holding a ring in his mouth. Around the head at regularly spaced intervals are nine projections, each terminating in a knob. The object is pierced in four places for attachment; in each of the piercings there remains a fragment of an iron nail.

Fitzgerald: “From the southern part of the Western Slope comes the fine door handle, or knocker, in the form of a lion’s head, and which was found in Room 147. It does not, however, follow that its original situation was in this quarter of the Tell; the contents of the Round Church and other Byzantine buildings, which fell into ruins after the Arab occupation were doubtless carried away and scattered in all directions.”

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Classical World - Roman World (15 Mar 2003) View Objects in Exhibition
Canaan and Ancient Israel (18 Oct 1998 - 02 Aug 2021) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Fitzgerald, Gerald M. 1931. Beth-Shan Excavations 1921-1923: the Arab and Byzantine Levels.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate XXV, no. 4; Page 41View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Turfa, Jean M., and Romano, Irene B., and Brownlee, Ann B., and White, Donald J. 2002. Guide to the Etruscan and Roman Worlds at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 68, no. 100View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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