A Depiction of the Temple Menorah, 70 CE


Date- 70 CE

Current Location- Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Menorah Graffito

Menorah Graffito

General Information- These two fragments of unpainted plaster were found in the debris of one of the Herodian period homes in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem. They provide the earliest detailed depiction of the seven-branched menorah, the candelabrum that stood in the Temple, 150 yards to the east of where the depiction was found. The fragments are important because, although they do not include the left side of the menorah, they show its full profile from base to flame, etched by a devout Jew who undoubtedly had seen the real thing.

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