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Mizrah, early 20th Century

מזרח - Kabbalah - Vellum

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  • Lot Number 53510
  • Title (English) Mizrah
  • Title (Hebrew) מזרח
  • Note Kabbalah
  • Publication Date Early 20th Century
  • Estimated Price - Low 500
  • Estimated Price - High 1,000

  • Item # 2408298
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Physical Description

Broadside on vellum, 380:320mm., light damp staining, light creasing, in glass frame - not examined outside frame.


Detail Description

Broadside in beautiful colors with Biblical verses. The Mizrah - for the eastern wall of the synagogue - is colorfully decorated with various animals and birds, many with human faces. During the 18th and 19th centuries, and up to the present a votive tablet called "Mizrah or Shivviti," was put up in front of those praying in the synagogue. These synagogue plaques contain biblical and/or kabbalistic verses, concerning the Law and the Torah. Most of them were profusely decorated in shapes and colors. The most common motifs of decoration were the seven-branched menorah of the Temple, and symbolic buildings representing different "Holy Places" in Erez Israel, such as Jerusalem or the tombs of sages and righteous men. Some are decorated with animals or mythical beasts and persons. Others serve as amulets, containing magical symbols, such as the Magen David, and magical verses. Most of the Shivviti plaques derive from Eastern Europe in the 19th century. There are, however, some plaques which come from North Africa, mainly from Morocco.


Hebrew Description