Phoenician Stone Plaque with Head
A square plaque with rounded corners, carefully polished on both sides and on the edge. It is crowned by a head with flat nose. The features are engraved; eyes, mouth and hair which is shown as a herringbone pattern on the sides and back. Circles with dots in the center, are incised all the way around the plaque’s edge.
References: C.M. Bennett, ‘Fouilles d’Umm el Biyara’, Revue Biblique 73 (1966), 396 ff, Pl. 23 (Umm el Biyara, Edom); P. Bienkowski (ed), Treasures from Ancient Land; The Art of Jordan (exhibition catalogue), Mersyside, 1991, 91 fig. 107 Amman Citadel); Dan Barag, ‘Phoenician Stone Vessels the Eight-Seventh Centuries BCE’, Eretz-Israel 18 (1985), 219-223, Figs. 5-10, Pls. 44-45 (Hebrew)