Microarchaeological Study of the Achaemenid Throne Legs from the Israel Museum Collection

Yarden Pagelson, Eran Arie, Yuval Goren

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An investigation of the three Achaemenid throne parts housed in The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, reported to be from Samaria, found that they were made of bronze but with ceramic material that adhered to their interior. The purpose of the study was to determine their provenance, provenience and manufacturing techniques. As museum pieces, this had to be done in a minimally destructive manner. The methods employed were pXRF, SEM-EDS and petrography. All three items were cast from a leaded high-tin copper alloy, using the lost wax technique. However, the artefacts were cast in two workshops, neither of which was in the Samaria region. In conjunction with their Achaemenid characteristics, it is likely that the thrones were manufactured as part of the Achaemenid imperial policy, thus, granting royal credence to the individual occupying the throne, perhaps the governor of a province.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-267
Number of pages12
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University 2020.


  • Achaemenid Empire
  • Bronze Metallurgy
  • Israel Museum
  • Microarchaeology
  • Petrography
  • Samaria
  • XRF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology


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