Byzantine Prayer Box Found in Jerusalem Dig

 The miniature box adorned with cross dates from 6-7 century AD. It contains two icons surrounded by gold leaf.

By Gil Ronen

First Published in IsraelNationalNews.com 27 Oct 2011

Archaeologists in Jerusalem discovered a miniature Christian prayer box that dates back to the sixth or seventh century CE.

The box was found at the “Givati parking lot” dig in Ir David. Dig supervisors noted that illustrated Byzantine holy objects are very rarely found in the Holy Land.

The box contained two icon paintings surrounded by gold leaf and was probably a personal prayer object. It is 2.2 cm. (about 0.9 inch) long by 1.6 cm. wide and is made from the bone of a large animal – cattle, a camel or a horse.

The find was presented by dig supervisor Yana Tchekhanovets, along with Israel Antiquities Authority’s Dr. Doron Ben Ami.

One painting inside the box depicts a bearded man with dark hair, wearing what appears to be a white tunic. The other painting seems to show a female figure dressed in blue. Similar boxes were found on bodies discovered in burial caves in the Moshchevaya Balka site in the northern Caucasus.

Advertisements

About proverbs6to10

Interested in Byzantium and Patrick Leigh Fermor
This entry was posted in Byzantium in the News, History and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s