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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)
  • Description

    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.

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