LMLK Seals


The LMLK seals were a series of stamp impressions found on ancient jars and storage containers in the kingdom of Judah during the Iron Age (8th century BCE). They are named after the four letters in ancient Hebrew script that appear on them: LMLK, which is thought to stand for “belonging to the king.”

This stock image depicts one of these seals, which typically featured a symbol of a winged sun disk or a four-winged beetle, along with the LMLK inscription. The seals were used to mark jars that were used for storing grain and other agricultural products, indicating that they belonged to the king and were exempt from taxes or other fees.

The LMLK seals are significant because they provide evidence of a centralized bureaucracy and system of taxation in ancient Judah. They also offer insight into the material culture and trade practices of the time, as the jars were often used for transport and exchange of goods. This image could be used to illustrate an article or lesson about the history and archaeology of ancient Judah, or the role of trade and commerce in biblical times.

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