Decorated basin

The basin is decorated with an egg-and-dart pattern and figurative images in high relief: Sileni heads and winged women carrying birds. It reflects the Neo-Attic style popular in the 1st century BCE . A similar basin from the time of Augustus was found in Rome. It is possible that Herod received this basin as a gift from the emperor himself or from Agrippa, when he visited Judea in 15 BCE.

Decorated basin
View of the three-legged basin (labrum) found in the bathhouse of Lower Herodium, 1st century BCE, marble and plaster

Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem / Meidad Suchowolski