Lot 3: "Shiviti" / Large Hand-Drawn Amulet - Herat, Afghanistan
January 23, 2013
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Large "Shiviti" for hanging, with kabalistic motifs and letter-combinations for protection. Herat, Western Afghanistan, [end of 19th century or beginning of 20th century]. Ink on paper.Large impressive "Shiviti". Adorned at the top with Stars of David, Tablets of Law and crowns; in the center are ten Psalms written in the shape of large "menorahs" and in the shape of a Star of David; in the margins and on the lower part are Psalms in the shape of arches.At the bottom is a long text in Hebrew and Arabic / Persian Hebrew, incorporated with kabalistic letter combinations with the author's name as well: "Mashiach Ashgari The Small, dust under the feet of the wise, lives in Herat Afghanistan... for the well-being of the young man Shmuel Chayai --- he and his whole family and all --- and his relatives and all he has...". At the end of the text is the verse "G-d shall bless you, and make you fruitful and you shall become a congregation of nations" - a segula for fertility.49X59 cm. in frame 61X71.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains. Tears, some with damage to text (especially in margins) - professionally restored. Creases and folding marks. Not examined out of frame.