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Samaria-Sebaste II: The Early Ivories from Samaria

By J.W.Crowfoot and Grace M. Crowfoot, with a Note by E.L. Sukenik 

The Samaria Ivories were the first major find of art from the period of the Hebrew monarchy, and shed unprecedented light on the imagery in use in elite circles in the Kingdom of Israel. Although originally dated to the ninth century BC on the basis of an assumed connection to the 'Ivory House' of King Ahab (I Kings 22:39), they are now thought to date a century later, to the eighth century, although the excavators' original conclusion that they were connected to Phoenician artwork has been confirmed by later discoveries.

The ivories were found in the course of excavations conducted jointly by Harvard University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Palestine Exploration Fund and the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem. The final report on these excavations was published in a series of volumes by the Palestine Exploration Fund. The present volume, which is No. 2 in the series, was issued first because of the great interest aroused by the ivories: it contains a coloured frontispiece, 25 collotype plates and 16 figures in the text, some two hundred fragments being represented.

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Pricing and Publication Details

Price for non-members: £10.00 (U.S.$20.00) + postage and packing
Price for PEF members: £5.00 (U.S.$10.00) + postage and packing

Details: xv + 62 pages, 1 plan, 16 figures in the text, 25 black and white plates
ISBN: 0-9502279-0-0
Publisher: Palestine Exploration Fund, London, 1938
Dimensions: 28.5 x 21.6 cm

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