Exhibitions/ Art Object

Plate with a Menorah and Torah Shrine

Date:
4th–7th century
Geography:
Made in Israel, found at Naanah
Medium:
Bronze, incised decoration
Dimensions:
Diam: 19 11/16 in. (50 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités Orientales, Paris (AO 1265)
Not on view
An incised menorah and a Torah shrine are found on this plate’s rim. They resemble depictions in Samaritan synagogue art, suggesting that the piece may have originated in a Samaritan context. Olive twigs—a common motif in Samaritan, but not Jewish, art—flank the shrine.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.