A Holy Precinct
176. A chromolithograph reproduction of a gold glass fragment made by De Rossi in 1884. The Greek inscription, if complete, would probably have read, “House of Peace. Take blessing with all of your family.” The notable Christian archaeologist interpreted the structure as the First Temple, surrounded by the appropriate ritual objects. Biblioteca Vaticana.

The Actual Gold Glass
177. The glass itself--a rare example of Jewish gold glass--was discovered about 1882 in the Christian catacomb of SS. Marcellino e Pietro, near the Jewish cemetery of Via Labicana.
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