Plate with a Menorah and Torah Shrine
Made in Israel, found at Naanah
Bronze, incised decoration
Diam: 19 11/16 in. (50 cm)
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.