Photos or drawings are published in the following (some of which may be in JSTOR):
Pella of Jordan 1 (1982) v.2 plate 39
New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, Pella, p. 1176
BASOR 243 (1981) p.4. JSTOR (subscription required):
National Geographic Research 1 (1985) p. 485 (drawing)
Archaeology 34 (1981) 52.
Online, there is (at Amazon and Google Books) the book cover of W.D. Davies, Christian engagements with Judaism (1999), but the quality is poor.
If someone wishes a pdf scan (in the next few days), request one off-list please.
] On Behalf Of Trudy Kawami [tkawami@...
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 2:10 PM
Subject: [ANE-2] RE: Pella (Jordan) menorah or chalice?
Is there any on-line source for the chancel screen itself? Certainly a "Nilotic" plant, a cuttle-fish & a sea-shell are not standard items in the Early Byzantine visual repertoire.
Trudy S. Kawami, PhD
Director of Research
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
461 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
<mailto:ANE-2%40yahoogroups.com>] On Behalf Of Stephen Goranson
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 8:19 AM
Subject: [ANE-2] Pella (Jordan) menorah or chalice?
The recent hype about fake Jordanian antiquities reminds me of an iconographic question.
First, background. An interesting marble chancel screen was found in Pella, Jordan, presumably from a church, as it has Christian crosses. Synagogues in the area also had chancel screens; some perhaps from the same workshops. The iconography differed, but shared some elements, e.g. a wreath. This church screen had, inside a wreath, a large bird, surrounded by four objects. The four items, originally described by the excavators as a menorah, a lulav, a citron, and a shofar, were later called by R. H. Smith, respectively, a chalice, a Nilotic plant, a cuttle-fish, and a sea shell. Some of the older bibliography is given in my Joseph of Tiberias (1990) pages 3-4.
The question: have there been more recent iconographic studies of this marble chancel screen?
Thanks in advance.
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