"LAMELECH" JAR HANDLE OF KING HEZEKIAH, "MMST"
The Biblical City of Mamshit, Circa. 700 B.C.E.
Mamshit Handle, type M2D, for more research about this type and Lamelech handles in general, see www.lmlk.com
Measures 64mm x 78mm, depth 63mm, LMLK MMST (spelling Lamelech Mamshit). The top "LK" of LMLK are the letters present on this impression, in addition to a faint partial outline of the first "M"
These are handles are from jugs or pithos that held grains, wine or oil in the storehouses of King Hezekia. There is an account of the king setting up these storehouses, in the Bible, Chronicles II, Chapter 11. The seals were struck on the clay before it hardened and are usually partial, sometimes presenting only outlines. (Full impressions are exceedingly expensive) See the above web address for more information about these handles in general. A very interesting Biblical Artifact!