LEAD BULLA WITH HEBREW LETTER

MS 1912
MS Short Title LEAD BULLA WITH HEBREW LETTER
Text "TSADHE", THE HEBREW LETTER TS
Description MS in Hebrew on lead, Dead Sea area, 1st c. BC - 1st c. AD., 1 bulla, 2,1x1,2x0,6 cm, with a slightly oval impression, (1,2x1,1 cm), possibly an archaic Hebrew letter, tsadhe, to the left of the foot of an illustration the Menorah.
Context The bulla was once attached to a document, that probably is lost.
Provenance 1. Cave in the Dead Sea area (1st c.-1956); 2. Members of the Ta'amireh tribe, Judaean desert (1956); 3. Khalil Iskander Shakin ("Kando"), Bethlehem (1956-1957); 4. Private collector and descendants, USA (1957-1994).
Commentary The bulla has not yet been researched. Its possible relation to the Judean desert materials has yet to be established. It might have been the seal impression attached to a contract or letter, either of one of the local leaders, or from a high official from, f. inst., Massada or even Jerusalem.
See also MS 4580, Bactrian clay seals, Afghanistan, ca. 450-500.
Place of origin Israel
Dates 1c BC -1c AD

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