West wall of sanctuary of synagogue

West wall of sanctuary of synagogue

Date 245-46 CE

Movement Early Jewish

Medium Tempera on plaster

Provenance Dura-Europos, Syria

Reconstructed in the National Museum, Damascus, Syria


Tempera paintings from this synagogue remain in fantastic shape—the rubble from the Persian invasion in the early 3rd century kept them well- protected. This wall, facing Jerusalem, contains a niche that would have housed the Torrah. These painted scenes would have helped guide religious rites and rituals that took place within this synagogue.