This idea that material representation involves a profanation of divine personages, while disallowing all religious art which goes beyond scroll-work, spirals, flourishes and geometrical designs, yet admits to the full of secular art; and accordingly the iconoclastic emperors replaced the holy pictures in churches with frescoes of hunting scenes, and covered their palaces with garden scenes where men were plucking fruit and birds singing amid the foliage.
Often there is a reredos behind it; it is also fenced in by rails to preserve it from profanation of various kinds.
Even the name of God is not once mentioned, perhaps from a dread of its profanation during the Saturnalia of Purim.
They had not forgotten them; but the grave was concealed under a mound of earth and stones - a profanation probably dating from the siege of the city and Titus's attack on the second wall.
As a rule their initial consecration goes back beyond memory and tradition; we can rarely seize it in the making, as in the case of a Roman puteal, or spot struck by lightning, which was walled round like a well (puteus) against profanation, being thenceforth a shrine of Semo Sancus, the god of lightning.