Masada, which means fortress in Hebrew, is the name for a site of ancient palaces and fortifications on top of an isolated rock plateau on the eastern edge of the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea. After the First Jewish-Roman War, in 72 C.E., a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire led to the mass suicide of Jewish rebels rather than facing surrender to the Roman troops.

The text at the top and bottom of the panel is a facsimile, on hand made paper, of the Dead Sea Scrolls, specifically a passage from the scroll “The War of the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness.”

Size: 40 x 28 in.