ANCIENT JUDAICA FROM THE COLLECTION OF DANIEL M. FRIEDENBERG
ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
AN EARLY JEWISH LIMESTONE OSSUARY AND LID
Roman Period, Circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.
The hollow rectangular box on four low feet, finely engraved on one side with two large roundels, each with a sixteen-petalled rosette with a central depression, encircled by a scalloped band, a fluted altar between the roundels, topped with a palmette surrounded by an arched border of figure-eights, flanked by two stylized flowers, a graffito, perhaps later, to the right of the stepped base of the altar, reading, "Yohannan bar Sh...," a circle of concentric rings and a central depression in each corner, framed by a band of stylized laurel, the central lozenge with a circular depression, the gabled lid with depressions at the ends to serve as handles
26 5/8 in. (67.6 cm) wide; 16½ in. (41.9 cm) high with lid
Joseph Stieglitz, Tel Aviv, 1967