Lot 1885: Post Medieval Hebrew Mezuzah Vellum Document
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 17th-19th century AD. A square piece of parchment with twenty-two lines of Hebrew text, three Hebrew characters on the reverse, for use in a mezuzah; Spanish workmanship. 3 grams, 10 x 9.5cm (4 x 3 3/4"). Property of a Middlesex gentleman; acquired in the 1980s. A mezuzah (Hebrew for 'doorpost') is a piece of parchment (often contained in a decorative case) inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21"). These verses compose the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael, beginning with the phrase: Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. In Rabbinic Judaism, a mezuzah is affixed to the door-frame of Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzvah (Biblical commandment) to inscribe the words of the Shema on the doorposts of your house (Deuteronomy 6:9"). [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Fine condition.