The yršlm Stamp Impressions on Jar Handles: Distribution, Chronology, Iconography and Function

Efrat Bocher, Oded Lipschits

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Abstract

The yršlm stamp impressions are the final link in a long chain of a Judahite- Yehudite-Judean administrative tradition of stamping handles or bodies of storage jars. With its cessation, the system that functioned for 600 years under Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Ptolemaic and Seleucid rule from the 8th century BCE through to the establishment of the Hasmonean kingdom, fell into obsolescence. This paper presents an updated corpus of the yršlm stamped jar handles. The authors discuss the following issues: distribution and chronology of the finds; their connection to the late yhwd stamp impressions; the reason why the administrative system in Judea began using iconographic symbols hundreds of years after employing only script on the stamped jar system; the meaning of the pentagram symbol utilized in these seals; and the function of the stamping system in the Hasmonean kingdom in the 2nd century BCE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-116
Number of pages18
JournalTel Aviv
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Hasmonean period
  • Jerusalem
  • Judahite administration
  • Lmlk
  • Rosette and yhwd stamped jar handles
  • Yršlm stamp impressions

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