FRAGMENTARY HEAD OF AN ANIMAL
PHILISTINE, IRON AGE, 1200 BC
Probably a part of a Kernos!
Length: 8 cm
Width: 5.5 cm
Height on stand: 11.5 cm
Condition: Horns missing in antiquity, untouched as found
Found near Samaria north of Jerusalem, Israel
Beautifully mounted on a plexi-glass display stand of high quality
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THEY ARE ALSO KNOWN "THE SEA PEOPLES".
The historic Philistines were a people who occupied the southern coast of Canaan at the beginning of the Iron Age (circa 1175 BC). According to the Bible, they ruled the five city-states (the "Philistine Pentapolis") of Gaza, Askelon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gath, from the Wadi Gaza in the south to the Yarqon River in the north, but with no fixed border to the east. The Bible paints them as Israel's most dangerous enemy. Their total population after the arrival of immigrants was around 25,000 in the 12th century BC (immediately after the migration), rising to a peak of 30,000 in the 11th century BC; the Aegean element was not more than half the total, and perhaps much less