This Phoenician steatite jewelry mould is one of two parts. Indeed, a similar mold would have been superimposed to this one to close the mould, were liquid gold would typically have been poured. This particular mould is said to have been found in Sepestria, in 1957, not far from Herod's palace. Similar pieces have been found at Ras Shamra (Ugarit), and date back to the 2nd millenium B.C.
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