Large low relief panel depicting the challenge of Elijah and the priests of Baal sent by King Ahab on Mount Carmel.
The lozangic form indicates that the panel was intended to adorn an altar.
French School circa 1700
"According to the biblical text in Kings 1: 18,17-40, the challenge was to see which deity could light the fire of sacrifice.After the prophets of Baal failed in their purpose, Elijah put water on his sacrifice to saturate the altar, then he prays, fire falls and consumes the sacrifice, wood, stones, soil and water which prompted the witnesses (inhabitants of Israel) to proclaim, " it is Jehovah who is God, Jehovah who is God! "Then, at the command of Elijah, they slaughter the priests of Baal, and in the story Elijah announced the end of a long drought, the clouds came, the sky turned black and it was pouring rain. "