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A Unique Philistine Fish Motif from Tel Beth-Shemesh
Shlomo Bunimovitz and Zvi Lederman
Israel Exploration Journal
Vol. 60, No. 1 (2010), pp. 58-71
Published by: Israel Exploration Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27927247
Page Count: 14
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In the 14th (2005) season of the renewed excavations at Tel Beth-Shemesh, a small Philistine bell-shaped bowl with a unique fish motif depicted inside was discovered in an Iron I context (Level 6). Investigation of the motif — an 'X-rayed' fish — showed that it differs conspicuously from other Philistine fish images and that it drew its inspiration from Mycenaean pictorial pottery. The Beth-Shemesh fish is, however, unique in its artistic attributes and placement.
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