Nahman Avigad

One indication of the care lavished on the Palatial Mansion is this fresco depicting fluted columns and a frieze.

Given the Palatial Mansion’s size and opulence, its ritual baths, its location near the Temple Mount and the fact that the nearby Burnt House probably belonged to the priestly Kathros family, Avigad has suggested that the Palatial Mansion may have been the home of the high priest.