CROWN OF A SCEPTRE 8th century B.C.
   In   the   Bible   we   find   the   following   passage:   "The   sceptre   shall   not   depart   from   Judah...   "(Genesis   49:10)   What   is   a   sceptre?   A sceptre   was   an   ornamental   staff   belonging   to   a   ruler.   It   was   a   symbol   of   his   power.   At   the   top   of   the   sceptre   a   bud   was   often placed   as   a   decoration.   Here   we   see   the   bud   in   the   form   of   a   pomegranate.   The   pomegranate   was   a   common   image   for   the Israelites because they saw it often in the ornaments of Salomon’s temple - 1 King 7:18. The beautiful crown in this image is originally made of ivory and is only 43 millimetres high.
   Because   of   the   engraving   in   ancient   Hebrew   consonants,   this   art   object   has   been   dated   8th   century   B.C.   What   is   written   on the   object?   Unfortunately,   the   text   is   no   longer   complete   because   a   small   piece   of   the   bud   broke   off   and   was   lost.   But, specialists   in   palaeography   (ancient   writing)   think   that   the   text   must   have   read:   "   Holy   gift   to   the   priests   of   the   house   of YHWH ”.  
It   is   well   known   that   the   expression   "the   house   of   YHWH"   (Jahweh   or   Jehovah)   is   often   written   in   the   Bible   (-   see   'Potsherd of Arad' also on this site) The   object   shown,   was   made   with   great   skill   in   such   a   way   that   it   is   hardly   possible   to   see   any   difference   when   compared. This   was   exhibited   in   the   Exposition   "The   Bible   and   the   Name"   -   1999   in   Antwerp   (Belgium)   and   afterwards   in   many   other European countries.
Facsimile made by B. Bonte