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    NABATAEAN KINGDOM. Circa 2nd-1st century BCE. Cast copper camel. Standing 4.75 inches (12.1 cm) high and of approximately equal length, this votive rendition of the single-humped dromedary camel widely employed in desert travel and commerce is hollow cast, with its surface retaining considerable earthen encrustation both from the original casting and subsequent burial. One foreleg partially missing, the rear one bent, otherwise intact.

    From The Living Torah Museum Collection; ex Michael Kaufman Collection, acquired by private donation.

    Camels are mentioned numerous times in the Old Testament, often as a symbol or sign of wealth, for example Genesis 12:16: "He [Pharaoh] treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels." A recent study by Tel Aviv University suggests domesticated camels were first introduced to the Levant circa 950 BCE, which some scholars claimed rendered the stories of the early Patriarchs having camels anachronistic. However, cylinder seals from bronze-age Mesopotamia show riders seated upon camels, which suggests much earlier domestication.

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