The Cave of the letters, used as a refuge place by Jewish rebels at the end of the Bar Kokhba revolt, yielded a variety of personal effects that the women of the company had taken with them into hiding: wool, spindles and thread, jewelry and jewelry boxes, sandals and other clothing items, mirrors, and fine housewares. This is a unique collection of finds, which survived the ravages of time thanks to the dry climate of the desert, providing an invaluable glimpse into daily life in the Roman Period.1961-1364; 1996-301; 1996-9113; 1996-9111; 1996-9112; 1961-1359; 1996-307; 1996-305; 1996-9114; 1996-292; 1996-9108


  • Title: Women's effects
  • Date Created: Roman period, 132 CE - Roman period, 135 CE
  • Location: Cave of the Letters, Judean Desert
  • Type: baskets, jewelry box, mirror, and fine house ware
  • Rights: Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Moshe Caine
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Iron, wood, wicker, twigs and asphalt, copper and tin
  • Curator: Mevorah, David

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