1. M Skinner

    Interesting, what do you make of the two objects on either side of the arch? Trees perhaps?

  2. Mike Martin

    What a fantastic find. Thanks for sharing this.

    There are two identical images /symbols, one at the top right and one at the top left. I’m just guessing here but my first impression is that they are menorah or tree of life symbols? Where are the Greek scholar when you need them? I’d love to know what is written above thier heads. Also there is a decoration between the two people’s heads and an idential one left of the man. Again, just thinking out loud here but I wonder if it is like the Egyptian’s use of stacked lines (i.e. like a ladder) to represent generations or ancestors?

  3. M Skinner

    I agree Mike, I would like someone more familiar with these symbols to comment.
    Here is what I see-
    The keystone of the arch looks like the “all seeing eye” to me. Keeps the whole thing from falling down, watches over the praying couple. My wife looked and saw an angel.
    The image is fairly symetrical with the exception of the decoration you noticed and a few other things-
    The space between the couple seems to represent a shape. At first I saw a fish with the tail down. Then I saw a vessel with a tall pointed lid going up the couples forearms to the hands. (my wife says maybe it is part a curtain behind them) Then again, maybe just the way it is…
    At the top of the columns are “curls” which come down from the column top. The male has one coming down next to his cap meeting his finger tips. Where is the curl by the female head? Maybe there wasnt room for it because of the veil the female is wearing. Hmmm.

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