Amos Kloner/Israel Dept. of Antiquities and Museums

Six-petaled rosettes. For more than 700 years, from the first century B.C. to the sixth century, the six-petaled rosette was a frequently used Jewish decorative motif. Closely resembling the rosette on the lead weight, the rosette pictured here is from the lintel of a fourth-century A.D. synagogue at Rimmon in the Shephelah in west central Israel. The precision of the design suggests that it was drawn, with a compass.