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The rectangular panel depicting sanctuary implements is situated at the south end of the nave, above the zodiac panel. In the center of the panel a Torah shrine is depicted, flanked by two seven-branched menorah and two lions. Each menorah is set among a shofar, a mahta, a lulav and a thin branch.

The Torah ark with its doors shut, is composed of three columns surmounted by vessels. In between the columns is a geometric pattern The Torah ark is topped by a gable with a conch in the center,and flanked by two birds. The two seven-branched menorah are composed of alternating round and oval links. The stems and branches are connected by a bar at the top, with seven lamps. Those of the left menorah are lit. The menorot differ in the design of their base: on the right, three bead-like legs are connected by a bar; on the left, three ribbon-like legs emerge directly from the stem.

Below the menorot are two confronting lions with their mouths open. A shofar, mahta, lulav and ethrog are depicted near the Torah ark. At the right edge of the panel is a small tree with blossoms a bird standing on top. On the left of the panel a thin branch of dry flowers. Curtains hanging from both sides of the panel decorated with flower buds, are drawn back and rolled up. The panel is framed by parallel lines.

Name/Title
Beth Alpha Synagogue | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
518-527, Justin I, or 567-578, Justin II
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Site
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Period Detail
Collection
Unknown |
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Mosaic
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
Length
Width
367 cm
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition
The upper left part of the panel was severely damaged. The curtain is completely restored, as well as part of the tail of the left lion.
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
According to Sukenik, the birds which flank the ark may represent of the Cruvim and the two branches may symbolize Aaron's withered and flowering rod. The lantern in the centre of the gable is explained as Ner Tamid.
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Sukenik, Beit Alpha, 1932, pp.32-36 pl.10-18.
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Original
Documenter
| T.S.W. 12.1986 & H.B 3.1994, T.N., D.D. & D.S. 3.1995
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.
037026