Garo Nalbandian

A solitary wreath, once flanked by the sculpted images of two winged Nikes, adorns the lintel above the entranceway to the synagogue at Kefar Baram (shown here). Constructed in the third century C.E., the synagogue shows the damage done by later iconoclasts, who apparently found only the figural elements of the original art offensive. They left the wreath intact, but gouged out the images of the Greek goddess of victory.