2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Coptic jewelry

copticbracelet7thcent This iron bracelet with inset bronze disks was made in Maghagha, Egypt between the 6th and 7th century C.E. It has a diameter of 7 centimeters. It is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

copticnecklace7thcent This rock crystal necklace was made between the 6th-8th century C.E. It was found on the grounds of Medinet Habu in Egypt. It was found on a church dedicated to Saint Theodore Stratelates, which had been built on the Temple site. The necklace is 66 cm by 1.1 cm. It is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

copticearring3rdcent This earring was made in the 2nd-3rd century C.E. in the Kharga Oasis, in Byzantine ruled Egypt. It is granulated gold with pearls and semi-precious gems. The dimensions are 7.7 cm by 3.2 cm by 0.5 cm. It is currently in the Metroploitan Museum of Art.

copticearrings2 These earrings are gold, made in the 6th-7th century in Egypt. The dimensions are 6.3 cm by 2.7 cm. These earrings are in the Brooklyn Museum.

copticearrings3 This earring was thought to have been made in the 6th century C.E. It is made out of gold, with the diameter of the hoop 2.5 cm. The other dimensions are 4.6 cm by 2.4 cm by 0.6 cm. It is currently in the Brooklyn Museum.

copticring This bronze ring was made in the 6th-7th century C.E. The diameter of the ring is 2.4 cm, with the bezel being 1.6 cm. Detail of the bezel-copticbezeldetail The ring is currently in the Brooklyn Museum.

The Roman Synagogue of Hammam-Lif

In 1883 French soldiers uncovered the ruins of a 1st-6th century synagogue in Tunisia, in a town called Hammam-Lif. Originally thought to have been a church due to the structure, it became obvious what the original site was once the floor mosaics were uncovered.
hammamlifmenorah This mosaic is of a menorah, made of stone and mortar. The size is 4.4cm by 89.5cm by 57 cm and dates to the 6th century C.E.
hammamlifetroglulav This mosaic is a menorah with an etrog and lulav. The size is 4.4 cm by 88.7cm by 57.5cm and also dates to the 6th century C.E.

The synagogue was built over the Roman and Byzantine time period. Rome was also personified in a mosaic.
hammamlifroma This particular mosaic dates from the 1st-2nd century C.E. and the size is 3.2cm thick with a 53.9cm diametre. Many of the mosaics can be seen on the Brooklyn Museum website.

Recommended reading
The Mosaics of Hammam Lif by Franklin M. Biebel. JStor article.

Ancient Jewish Art and Archaeology in the Diaspora by Rāḥēl Ḥa̱klîlî. Via Google Books.

The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years by Lee I. Levine. Via Google Books.

Inscribing Devotion and Death: Archaeological Evidence for Jewish Populations by Karen B. Stern. Via Google Books.

Synagogue at Hammam-Lif by Yitzchak Schwartz. Exhibition blog entry for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A possible sleeve embroidery

ashmoleanchevron This textile was made in Egypt between the 10th and 15th century. It is linen embroidered in dark blue silk. On the left of the textile is a rolled hem sewn in flax. The size of the textile is 11cm by 5 cm. It is currently in the Ashmolean Museum.

I have charted up the design and it is available for download in pdf format.

ashmoleanchevron (PDF)

I would love to see pictures!

A fifth embroidered tunic

ashmoleantunic5 This textile was thought to have been made between the 10th-15th century in Egypt. It is made of linen, embroidered in blue cotton or wool. The textile is 22.5 cm by 29.5 cm with a selvage on the left. The textile is in the Ashmolean Museum.

I have charted up the diagonal double running design which is inside the inner squares.
ashmoleantunic5 The document is available for download as a pdf.
ashmoleantunic5 PDF

Let me know how the embroidery goes!

A fourth possible shirt embroidery

ashmoleantreesandtiraz This textile was thought to have been made between the 10th and 15th centuries C.E. in Egypt. It is linen, embroidered in blue silk in double running stitch. The size of the textile is 26.5 cm by 9.5 cm. In the middle of the textile there is a roll and fell seam sewn in flax, possibly from a shirt. The tiraz is in Kufic script, which translates as “blessing”.

The textile is currently in the Ashmolean Museum.

I have charted up the design & it is available for download as a pdf document.

ashmoleantreesandtiraz (pdf)

I would love to see any garb with this design!