Ancient Art from Israel

Visiting the United Nations, I saw several unique and very ancient pieces of artwork — on loan from Israel. I imagine the reason for the timing of this loan is related to the recent uproar over the US Government’s decision to move its embassy… but in the moments I got to be near these works from prior millennia, I tried to set politics aside and appreciate them simply as history.

Epitaph of King Uzziah of Judah

Epitaph of King Uzziah of Judah

The Magdala Stone, from a synagogue excavated on the shores of the Lake of Galilee (1st Century Limestone)

The Magdala Stone, from a synagogue excavated on the shores of the Lake of Galilee (1st Century Limestone)

Close-up of The Magdala Stone, from a synagogue excavated on the shores of the Lake of Galilee (1st Century Limestone)

Close-up of The Magdala Stone, from a synagogue excavated on the shores of the Lake of Galilee (1st Century Limestone)

Aramaic inscription commemorating military victories of Hazael, King of Aram (9th Century BCE, carved in basalt)

Aramaic inscription commemorating military victories of Hazael, King of Aram (9th Century BCE, carved in basalt)

description of the "House of David" carving

description of the “House of David” carving

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