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Golden Piece

datation
15th-14th century BC
provenance
Qatana
area
period
size
4.5 cm x 4 cm
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This rectangular golden piece with an embossed design was most probably made by using a high-relief mold. The influence of Egyptian art appears clearly through the postures, hair design, and dress design of the represented figures.

These are two persons standing in profile and facing each other. They carry a flag featuring the head of the Egyptian goddess Hatour, the goddess of Love and Music. This goddess was also worshiped in the lands Canaan - her name was mentioned on the tomb of Aheram, King of Byblos, with the three letters “H, T, R”. A sequence of piercings appears all along the upper and lower borders of this delicate golden sheet. This indicates that it would have been woven into a textile garment and worn by an important figure.

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