Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Historiated capital
Nazareth
Crusader Period, 12th century
Marble and lead
H: 31; W: 27; D: 15 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1947-1447
 
 
The style of this capital recalls capitals from the 12th-century France, though it is unknown whom the figures seated on the bench represent. The one on the right, whose irises are emphasized by round lead inlays, wears a long robe and a cap and is shown stroking his beard. He may represent one of the Apostles, who are sometimes depicted performing this gesture. The middle figure probably represents an old man, judging from his tunic, his shoes, and the way he rests his hands on his knees.

Publications:
Rozenberg, S. (ed.), Knights of the Holy Land: The Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1999

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir