Andriake Frieze

This is a menorah fragment from a marble frieze, Andriake, Asia Minor. A recently discovered fragment of a marble frieze from Andriake, the ancient port of Myra on the southern coast of Asia Minor, seems to represent a similar arrangement of lamps aligned toward the central lamp of a menorah.

Formally, this is a natural way to arrange the lamps such that the menorah (or images of the menorah) would be a self-contained and self-referential image. If this text merely reflects the Palestinian context, it supplies the “missing link” between of the literary and the visual evidence.