The legendary seal of the ancient Israelite King Solomon, who is regarded as a prophet in both Judaism and Islam, may have been found yesterday in a raid carried out by security forces.
One of the items found in the house was a bronze seal and it is being considered to belong to King Solomon. The rest of the items included two five-page and three four-page golden tablets, a golden bull figurine and a bronze charm, all with inscriptions and signs in Hebrew, a six-page metal tablet thought to be a Torah and two metal tablets believed to be amulet holders.
Amasya Governor Osman Varol said that initial examination indicate that the items were ancient artifacts, but the exact historical period of the items will be determined after further examination by experts. The items were delivered to the Amasya Museum Directorate for analysis.
An investigation is underway into how the suspected smuggler came into possession of the artifacts.
Authorities recently stepped up efforts against artifact smuggling, especially from neighboring Syria where the ongoing lawlessness has benefited smugglers.
Police on Monday confiscated a Byzantine-era Bible in the capital Ankara from a Syrian suspect who was caught trying to smuggle the artifact worth about $1.5 million abroad.