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Mirror plaque decorated with crosses, birds, and flowers

UnknownByzantine period 4th century - Byzantine period 6th century

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

A large group of plaster, pottery, and stone plaques inlaid with glass mirrors have been discovered in tombs. Some bear religious symbols – the cross, the menorah, or the figure of Tyche-Fortuna, the Roman goddess of good fortune. The plaques were believed to provide protection from evil forces by deflecting the harm inflicted back upon the source of the evil.

Details

  • Title: Mirror plaque decorated with crosses, birds, and flowers
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Byzantine period 4th century - Byzantine period 6th century
  • Location: Provenance unknown
  • Type: Plaque
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Plaster and pigment
  • Exhibition: Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, Spring 2000 - Winter 2001
  • Dimensions: D: 13 cm
  • Curator: Mevorah, David

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