Courtesy Nahman Avigad

Serving pieces grouped as they might have been used in the home of a wealthy Jerusalemite in the first century A.D. The tabletop is a replica, and portions of the column leg and large stone vessels under the table have been restored. The bronze vessels on the table were found intact.

This arrangement of table and vessels is based on a scene carved into a tabletop fragment that was found in an Upper City building called the Burnt House (see drawing). The fragment was stolen from the excavations and then recovered by the Israel Department of Antiquities after it was found at an antiquities dealer’s shop.