The clay pot fragment depicting the ancient deity Bes was discovered during an excavation in Jerusalem’s City of David. (Eliyahu Yanai, the City of David)
An unusual clay pot fragment of a ‘grotesque’ old deity for evil spirits to chase is discovered in Israel.
The clip, which dates from the 4th or 5th century, B. C., was excavated, as part of the excavations in Jerusalem, the famous City of David.
Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Tel Aviv University found the artifact in a large refuse pit with other fragments from the period of the Persian dominion on the ancient Kingdom of Judah.
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The pots, which were common during the Persian, is known as “Currant-vessels.”
The fragment dates from the 4th or 5th century, B. C., Eliyahu Yanai, the City of David)
“In Egyptian mythology, Bes is the protector deity of the household, especially mothers, women in childbirth, and children,” the Israel Antiquities Authority explained in a statement, noting that the deity was a part of the Persian culture where he was considered the defender of all that is good.
Synonymous with music and dance, performances of Bb often adorned the walls of the houses, or as amulets worn around the neck. “Bes is usually shown as a sort of bearded dwarf with a large face, bulging eyes and the tongue sticking out when he is wearing a hat with a feather,” according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. “This grotesque figure is apparently intended to evoke joy and laughter and drive away the evil spirits.”
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Experts say that the discovery is the first of its kind in Jerusalem and its surroundings.
The clip is from the time of the Persian dominion on the ancient Kingdom of Judah. (Eliyahu Yanai, the City of David)
“The pottery of this period in the past in the City of David, but this is the first time that such ship is found in archaeological excavations in Jerusalem or somewhere in the judean highlands,” said Prof. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Yiftah Shalev of the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement.
Images of Bes are also found in ancient Persian cities such as Shushan and Persepolis. The Israel Antiquities Authority temporarily their announcement of the clay fragment discovery to coincide with the Jewish feast of Purim, which begins on Wednesday evening. The holiday celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire and its capital city, Susan.
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The clay pot fragment is the last fascinating archaeological discovery in Israel. Archaeologists, for example, recently discovered in the estate of a rich old Samaritan Zur Natan in the center of Israel.
The clip is part of a pot known as a “Bes-ship.” (Eliyahu Yanai, the City of David)
In another project, researchers sheds new light on the history of a Biblical site linked to the Ark of the Covenant.
Engravings of ships were also recently found on an old water reservoir discovered in a city in the Negev desert.
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Elsewhere, archaeologists confirmed that the first full-spelling of “Jerusalem” on an ancient stone inscription unearthed in the area of Jerusalem’s International convention center, known as Binyanei Ha ” Uma.
The deity was regarded as the defender of all that is good in the old Persian culture. (Eliyahu Yanai, the City of David)
In separate excavations, experts found that there is a site that can offer new insights into the ancient biblical kingdom of David and Solomon, and a treasure of bronze coins, the last remnants of an ancient Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, in the vicinity of the temple mount in Jerusalem.
In February 2018, archaeologists announced the discovery of a clay seal mark, that may bear the signature of the biblical Prophet Isaiah.
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Other recent finds in the last few years, the skeleton of a pregnant woman, dating back 3200 years, in Israel’s Timna Valley, a place once known as “King Solomon’s Mines.
The discovery is the first of its kind in Jerusalem and the surrounding area, according to archaeologists. (Eliyahu Yanai, the City of David)
On the site of an ancient city on the West Bank, archaeologists are also hunting for evidence of the tabernacle, which once housed the Ark of the Covenant.
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Some experts also believe they have the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles, Peter, Andrew and Philip.
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