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A seven branched menorah which overlays the central medallions in the eleventh and tenth rows is flanked by two lions. The lions overlay the two medallions in the eleventh row to the left and right of the menorah. Two pear shaped ethrogs with short stems flank the shaft of the menorah. A shofar is located in the space between the medallions to the right of the shaft. An elongated object decorated with stripes together with an additional ethrog is located in the corresponding space to the left of the shaft. (see remarks). The menorah is formed of round links. Its branches and shaft are connected by a bar surmounted with seven cups with wicks. The menorah's base is composed of three legs each resembling a lion's paw. The lion on the right is depicted in profile facing left towards the central axis. It's mouth is open revealing its tongue. Its mane is neatly arranged and its claws are drawn. The lion on the left is depicted in profile facing right towards the central axis. It's mouth is open revealing its teeth. Its mane is flowing and its claws are drawn. Its tail is curved down between its legs.
Name/Title
Maon Nirim Synagogue | Unknown
Object Detail
Settings
Unknown
Date
6th c.
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Period Detail
518-527 C.E. Justin I or 527-538 C.E. Justinian th
Collection
Unknown |
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
The limestone tesserae are arranged in curved lines to form the shapes and shading of the menorah, ethrog, lulav, shofar
and lions. The menorah and lions are outlined by one line of brown tesserae. Between one and three lines of background tesserae surround
the menorah, lions and ethrogs. The density per 10cm2 for the menorah and lions is almost uniform. For the menorah the density is 9x10. The
density for the lions is 10x10 for the bodies and 9x9 for the heads with a density of 10x10 for the background. The density for the left
ethrog and the shofar are 10x12, whereas a lower density of 8x10 is found in the right ethrog. The colors of the tesserae are off-white,
white, brown, light and dark ochre, grey, yellow dark pink and turquoise.
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
700mm approx.
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Subject
L | Lion
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Condition
One of the back legs of the lion on the right and most of its body are missing. One paw of the lion on the left is also missing as is most of the lulav.
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Avi Yona identifies the elongated object on the left as a lulav.
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Avi-Yonah, Bulletin III, 1960, p.30
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Sara Shor | 1996
Researcher
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Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
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Language Editor
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.