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  • Limestone: carved and painted
  • 4 7/16 x 2 13/16 x 2 3/16 in. (11.3 x 7.1 x 5.6 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of the Betty and Max Ratner Collection, 1981-129
  • Digital image © 2006 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama

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During the Second Temple Period, Israel was ruled by a succession of empires - Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman.

This votive head, purchased in Israel, might have been placed in a pagan temple located in the Land of Israel by one of the many non-Jewish inhabitants.

Published References: Ackerman, Andrew S., and Susan L. Braunstein. ISRAEL IN ANTIQUITY: FROM DAVID TO HEROD. Exh. cat. New York: The Jewish Museum, 1982, p. 135.

Kozloff, Arielle P. THE FIRST 4000 YEARS; THE RATNER COLLECTION OF JUDEAN ANTIQUITIES. Exh. cat. Cleveland, Ohio: Park Synagogue, 1978, p. 67, no. RC 86.

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