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Bronze Age Sculpture of Ba'al - FZ.373
Origin: Israel
Circa: 3300 BC to 2300 BC
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high x 1.25" (3.2cm) wide
Collection: Biblical
Style: Bronze Age
Medium: Bronze


Location: United States
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Forged from bronze, a metal that, during the time of its creation, was more valuable than gold, this extraordinary work predates the time of Moses. The rich green patina attests to the bronze’s high copper content, again reiterating the preciousness of this material. The earliest stories of the Bible were a direct reaction against the polytheistic, pagan beliefs represented by this statue. Found in Canaan, this statue probably depicts the ancient warrior god Baal, making it one of the earliest examples of a deity cast in the lost wax technique. Most likely, given its diminutive nature, this statue was a household object to be worshipped in private. Its survival is in itself remarkable. How many countless such icons were destroyed or melted down for their precious metals or pagan ideology? This masterpiece is a relic from one of the most revolutionary epochs in history, a reminder of the pagan beliefs our modern monotheistic theologies reacted against. No longer will false gods like this statue be idolized, for a new path towards enlightenment had been discovered. - (FZ.373)

 

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