David Harris

An artful application of plaster. Even in less affluent settings, mikva’ot were often finished with several layers of plaster, as seen in the remains of a partitioned staircase and mikveh in the ascetic Jewish community of Qumran. Multiple coatings of plaster can also be found on similar installations in Jerusalem, Jericho and Sepphoris, Reich says. Some installations in Sepphoris have as many as seven layers of plaster.