|King Hezekiah's Personal Seals|
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King Hezekiah owned at least 2 seals shown below. Both inscriptions say, "(Seal) of Hezekiah, (son of) Ahaz, King (of) Judah" (לחזקיהו אחז מלך יהדה); however, the one with downward wings was written from top to bottom (with the word "Ahaz" divided) while the one with upward wings was written from bottom to top. Unlike LMLK seals that were stamped on jar handles, both of these types were stamped on unprovenanced clay bullae that sealed papyrus documents (which probably disintegrated a long time ago).
Either a 3rd seal was carved almost identical to the one with upward wings, or the original one was recarved to make the lines deeper/clearer:
Two additional fragmented bullae contain stamps made by a seal of Hezekiah that omit "King (of) Judah". They contain an ankh behind an anthropomorphic creature (a falcoln-headed man with winged arms), probably used in his youth before ascending to the throne.
In addition to these seals of King Hezekiah, unprovenanced bullae naming 5 of his servants have been found with the following inscriptions:
Another seal naming "Azariah, son of Yeho'ah, servant of Hezekiah" will be described here in the future.
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