Found a mysterious statue of the biblical king

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Photo: Ilan Ben Zion / AP

Israeli archaeologists discovered the sculpture of the head of an unknown king, whose age is about three thousand years. About it reported in a press release on Phys.org.

The artifact was found in 2017 during excavations on the site of Abel Beit Maak, located South from the border of Israel and Lebanon, near the town of Metulla. In the IX century BC this place was located between Damascus Aramaic, Phoenician city of sur and the Kingdom of Israel with the capital Samaria. Sculpture height of about five centimeters is made of faience, which was widely used in Ancient Egypt and the middle East as a material for jewelry.

According to scientists, the artifact depicts a middle Eastern Semitic king, as indicated by a characteristic hairstyle: hair slicked back and held with a diadem, and the ears are thick close curls. It is known that the ancient Egyptians likewise portrayed the people living in the neighborhood to the East. However, the researchers do not know exactly what the king is depicted in the sculpture, suggesting that this may be one of the five rulers Bar-Hadad or Hazael, which ruled in Damascus, Ahab or had kept (Israel) or Ithobaal (sur).

It is known that in the Book of Kings mentions the attack of Bar-Hadad at Abel Beit Maak, when Aramaic, the king staged a March on the Kingdom of Israel.

According to scientists, the head may be only part of the statue. Archeologists plan to resume excavations this month to find new artifacts.

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