Medallion with Jewish symbols, Byzantine Empire, 3rd-6th century

Unknown3rd century - 6th century

The Jewish Museum, London

The Jewish Museum, London
London, United Kingdom

This rare gold medallion has Jewish religious symbols and an inscription in Greek. Its precise origins are unknown, but Greek was widely used in the Roman and Byzantine empires, and Jewish communities had developed around the Mediterranean. The Jewish symbols decorating the medallion are the menorah (the candelabrum from the Temple in Jerusalem); a shofa (ram’s horn blown at the Jewish High Holidays), and a lulav (a closed frond of date palm tree, used during the festival of Sukkot).


  • Title: Medallion with Jewish symbols, Byzantine Empire, 3rd-6th century
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 3rd century - 6th century
  • Location Created: Byzantine Empire
  • object number: JM 2
  • Physical Dimensions: h65 x d2 mm
  • Credit Line: Gift of M S Norton, R M Norton, Frank Waley, Lionel Harris, Dr Israel Feldman and Juliet Benjamin, 1938
  • Type: medallion
  • Rights: Digital image: Jewish Museum London
  • External Link: http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/search-our-collections-new?adlibid=8704&offset=0

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