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City of David

Pure for God Silver Earrings

$38

City of David

Pure for God Silver Earrings

$38

The earring’s design is inspired by a tiny seal the size of a button. Made from clay, it is inscribed with the words “deka leyah”, literally “pure for god” in Aramaic. This extremely rare find is dated to the Second Temple period and is believed to have served to mark items brought into the Temple that required a seal of purity, similar to the olive jug in the Hanukkah story. The seal represents the first archaeological testimony to the verse that appears in the Jerusalem Talmud, Tractate Shekalim (Ch 5, pg 48) “Whoever seeks libations, should go to Yohanan who is appointed over the seals, and give him coins and receive a seal from him”.