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Judaica, Israeliana, Archeology and Medals

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd


366 lots | 360 with images

July 2, 2013

Live Auction

Hechal Shlomo Building

58 King George Street

Jerusalem, 91076 Israel

Phone: +972-77-5140223

Fax: +972-77-5140167

Email: kedem.ltd@gmail.com

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Colorful Ketubah on Parchment - Ancona, 1844

Lot 1: Colorful Ketubah on Parchment - Ancona, 1844

Description: Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Judah Mordecai son of Jacob Hacohen with the bride "Miss Russa daughter of the dear Joab Joshua Haim Abraham Israel Solomon Tisoro". Ancona 1844. Parchment. Square Italian writing, with a border decorated with leaves and flowers, colored by hand. At the top of the ketubah is a drawing of angels carrying a carriage and in it the words: "Besimana tava ubemazale mealya lchatane ulecalata and to all Israel, Amen". Signatures of witnesses: "David Haim Rossi" and "Mordecai Nissim Zingoli". At the bottom of the ketubah undertaking of the brothers of the groom to perform kosher halitza, if the groom dies without children. Maximum height: 62 cm., width: 47 cm. Good condition, folding marks, stains. Framed in a 71X56 cm. frame. Not examined outside the frame.

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Liturgical Wedding Poem - Georgia

Lot 2: Liturgical Wedding Poem - Georgia

Description: Leaf with a liturgical wedding poem. Akhaltsikhe, (Georgia), early 20th century. Cut out paper, cloth backed. Large leaf, cut out in the shape of the Tablets of the Law. Blessings, verses and a liturgical poem for a wedding. On the upper part of the leaf: "Kol Sasson veKol Simcha Kol Hatan veKol Kalah - veHakoreh Baruch". On both sides, vertically: "Baruch ata Bevoa'acha", "Baruch ata Betzetcha". Numerous verses related to marriage, a groom and a bride. On the lower left part of the leaf, an unknown liturgy (not mentioned in Davidsohn's "Otzar Hashira VeHapiut"; not found in other sources): Shalom Shalom Mishmey Meromim....Ya'akov Ish Tam Yoshev Ohalim...". A blessing is mentioned further in the liturgy: "Hu yevarech et Shalom ben Avraham Israel" (the groom?). The writer signed on the borders of the leaf. The leaf's origin is in the city of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. 34X43 cm. Fair-poor condition, staining and moisture marks, rough tears and folding marks.

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Ketubah with a Matching Cloth Case - Baghdad, Early 20th Century

Lot 3: Ketubah with a Matching Cloth Case - Baghdad, Early 20th Century

Description: Printed Ketubah (Marriage Contract), completed by hand, recording the marriage of the groom Noah Hai Michael Arwilli to the Bride Zelma daughter of Ezekiel Meir Halima. Baghdad, November 21, 1919. Signatures of witnesses: "The young man Saul Moses H' Simon", "Meir Joseph Gabriel Eliyah" etc. Folded and placed in a cloth case, that was made specially for holding this ketubah. Also in the case is a receipt for a donation to "Company of Founders of the Baghdad Hospital" that the groom donated on his wedding day, and was placed for safekeeping in the case next to the Ketubah. Ketubah: 39 cm. Fair condition, folding marks and tears [repaired by pasting]. Case: approx. 11x16 cm.

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Manuscript on Parchment -Wedding Blessing Poem, 1805

Lot 4: Manuscript on Parchment -Wedding Blessing Poem, 1805

Description: A Blessing and poem of praise in honor of the wedding of the groom Abraham Zvi son of Ber from Pressburg and the bride Alik daughter of Moshe Cohen Kovrin, Elul 1805. Manuscript on parchment, fine scribe's writing with ornaments. Blessing and poem composed by brother of the groom. "I will open my lips today with a prayer to the Almighty for today my friend and brother-in-law, the joy of my heart and a man of my age ... Abraham Zvi son of Ber from Pressburg with my sister Alik daughter of Moshe Cohen Kovrin, beautiful and pleasant bride..." Heading at top of sheet - Year 1805. Below the opening paragraph is an original poem withtwelve stanzas. Acrostic at beginning of lines of bride's and groom's names. The artists name appears at the bottom of the sheet in small letters: "Written by Samuel son of Abraham Cohen, scribe in the year 1805". 36.5X27 cm. Poor to fair condition, stains, creases and holes. Damage from dampness and mold.

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Lot 5: "Mizrah" Drawn on Glass

Description: "Mizrah" drawn on glass. [Central Europe, 18th / 19th century]. A frame in the shape of a holy ark, large Torah crown and a pair of birds. At the center, within a circle is the word "Mizrah" and round it verses from Psalms. On both sides of the circle the inscription: "From this side spirit of life". At the bottom part other verses from Psalms, drawing of a lion (having two tails) and two menorahs (seven branches). Height: 22.5 cm., width: 21 cm. Break in the upper right corner. Part of background faded. Wooden frame: 29X28 cm.

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Handpainted

Lot 6: Handpainted "Mizrah" Cut in Parchment - Eastern Europe

Description: "Mizrah", cut in parchment. [Eastern Europe], beginning of 20th century. Parchment, cut and painted by hand. Menorah in center, with a deer at the two sides. Above a pair of lions hold an oblong panel with the inscription "Mizrah". A raised balcony and two poles. A pair of large vases on which is written the year in Hebrew (1900). From the vases come out branches and plants, with various birds nesting in them. lace frame, at the top of the frame: Tablets of the Law [with the words of the ten commandments] and a pair of birds. 29X30 cm., in a frame: 34X42 cm. Not inspected outside the frame.

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Embroidered

Lot 7: Embroidered "Mizrah" - United States, 1887

Description: Embroidered "Mizrah", United States, 1887. Colorful threads embroidery on perforated paper. Inscription: "Mitzad ze Ru'ah haim", "Mizrah", "Terminated in 1887". Embroidered decorations in the shape of a crown, branches, flower pots and architectural pillars. To the right and left of the word "terminated" appear two deer. Above the words "Ru'ach Haim" appears a pair of birds and above them another pair of birds. Height: 40 cm, width: 25.5 cm. Tears at borders, restored.

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Lot 8: "Mizrah" / "Mizrah"-Amulet - Morocco

Description: 1. "Mizrah"-Amulet. Morocco, [mid 20th century]. Silver, engraved and cut; set with gemstones. Small plaque, with a chain for hanging. From the bottom corners hang two chains decorated with gemstones, and with two fishes at their ends. In the center of the plaque is the word "Mizrah" and round it a pair of birds, a pair of fish, a pair of kids, and two palms of hands ("hamsas"). At the corners: "From this / side / spirit / of life". Length: 5.5.cm., width: 7.5 cm. 2. "Mizrah". Morocco, [mid 20th century]. Cast copper, beaten and engraved. Decorated borders. In the center is the word "Mizrah". At the top is a hole for hanging. Length: 17.cm., width: 15 cm.

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Lot 9: "Shiviti" - Silver Plaque

Description: "Shiviti" engraved on a silver plaque. [Eretz Israel or nearby, 19th / 20th century]. At top, the inscription: "Shiviti Hashem LeNegdi Tamid.". In center "LaMenatze'ach" Menorah and on both its sides additional menorahs; below are engraved the holy vessels. A name (?) - "Jacob Moreni" is engraved on the base of the central menorah. Length: 13.5 cm., width: 9 cm.

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Handpainted

Lot 10: Handpainted "Shiviti" - Iraq

Description: Large "Shiviti", for hanging on the wall. Iraq, [early 1950s]. Ink and color on paper. Script: Zaki Cohen. A large "LaMenatze'ach" Menorah in the center. Painted on both sides are hands holding "chains" consisting of verses ending with an oil vessel and the "shovel". Dedication is inscribed next to the Menorah's base":Dedicated by ...in memory of her husband ...and her daughter...Nissan 1951, scribe Zaki his son". Height: 78 cm, width: 50 cm. Staining. Original wood and glass frame, with wooden back. Stains on frame.

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Colorful Poster for a Sukkah - Holland

Lot 11: Colorful Poster for a Sukkah - Holland

Description: "In Sukkot you shall dwell seven days" - colorful decorative poster for hanging in a Sukkah. [Holland, ca. early 20th century.]. Lithographic printing on paper. Writing in center decorated with a wreath of branches and flowers, tied with a red ribbon. Sheet: 24X21 cm. Fair to good condition, stains, folding marks, tears at edges (tiny holes from hanging in a Sukkah).

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Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai  - Printed Micrography

Lot 12: Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai - Printed Micrography

Description: Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai - Printed Micrography [Place of printing unknown, turn of 20th century] Text: Idra Zuta and Sifra Detzniuta. Title in margin of drawing: "The likeness of the Godly Tanna Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai... the work of Jacob Sofer, Tiberias 1887". Paper sheet, 82X56 cm. Fair condition, serious damage, repaired professionally. Comes in a passé-partout.

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Judgment of Solomon - Printed Micrography - Jerusalem

Lot 13: Judgment of Solomon - Printed Micrography - Jerusalem

Description: Judgment of King Solomon - Printed Micrography by L. Rotblat, Jerusalem [Early 20th century]. Drawing of the "Judgment of Solomon": The king sitting on his throne, two women at his feet and on the floor between them lays a dead baby. A soldier holds the living baby and in one hand draws his sword. The text: the five megillot. 45X60 cm. Fair condition. Upper and lower margins cut, tears and missing in a number of places, with damage to text and border. Stains.

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Baal HaTanya - Printed Micrography - Washington, 1924

Lot 14: Baal HaTanya - Printed Micrography - Washington, 1924

Description: Portrait of Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Baal HaTanya. Printed Micrography work by Nathaniel Chasin . Washington, 1924 Text: Passages from the Tanya Book. Inscription under drawing: Likeness of .... the Rebbe Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Baal HaTanya...". Paper sheet: 48X63 cm. Good condition, creases and small tears in margins. Comes in passé-partout.

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Five Megillot - Printed Micrography

Lot 15: Five Megillot - Printed Micrography

Description: Five Megillot. Printed micrography. Eretz Israel, 1930s. Drawing of a large bird sitting on branches of a tree, with wings extended. Text: Five Megillot in Rashi script. Beneath the drawing is the inscription: "Here are written all five megillot, crisp and clear that is easily legible, calligrapher Levi Rabinovitch". Paper sheet: 43X57 cm. Good condition, stains. Comes in a passé-partout.

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Herzl and Bialik - Printed Micrography - U.S.A.

Lot 16: Herzl and Bialik - Printed Micrography - U.S.A.

Description: * The late Dr Theodore Herzl. Printed Micrography by Nathaniel Chasin, Washington 1929. Text: "The story of his life, his greatness in the renewal of the Hebrew people on its land and its possession of the land of their fathers." Paper sheet, 31.5X48 cm. Good condition, tears at edges, comes in passé-partout. * The late Haim Nahman Bialik. Printed Micrography by Nathaniel Chasin, [Washington], 1935. "Poet of the Israeli Nation - accompanied by the story of his life" Paper sheet, 41.5X28 cm. Good condition, comes in passé-partout.

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George Washington - Printed Micrography - U.S.A

Lot 17: George Washington - Printed Micrography - U.S.A

Description: Portrait of George Washington - First President of America. Lithographic printing of a micrography by Nathaniel Chasin, [Washington 1920s]. Text: Washington's Farewell Address. English. Paper sheet, 43X29 cm. Good condition. Comes in passé-partout.

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Two Portraits of Abraham Lincoln - Printed Micrography - Washington, 1926

Lot 18: Two Portraits of Abraham Lincoln - Printed Micrography - Washington, 1926

Description: Two portraits of Abraham Lincoln, President of America. Lithographic printing of a micrography by Nathaniel Chasin, [Washington 1926]. Text: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and his life story. English. Two paper sheets (only one dated), 48X32 cm. and 54X29 cm. Good condition, a few tears in one of the sheets. Comes in passé-partout.

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Song of Songs and Book of Esther - Micrography on Postcard

Lot 19: Song of Songs and Book of Esther - Micrography on Postcard

Description: Song of Songs and Book of Esther. Hand-written micrography on a Belgian Post Office postcard. [Belgium? beginning of 20th century] The two books written in sequence, one after the other. Postcard, 14X19 cm. Good to fair condition. Stains, tear. Worn at edges with damage to text.

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Collection of Colorful Lithographic Sheets - Jerusalem

Lot 20: Collection of Colorful Lithographic Sheets - Jerusalem

Description: * Colored yahrzeit sheet. Talmud Torah and Yeshivat Etz Haim and Bikur Holim Hospital. Lithographic printing in various colors and gold-colored ink. Monsohn Press, Jerusalem. [Early 20th century]. * Yahrzeit sheet. Talmud Torah and Yeshivat Etz Haim and Bikur Holim Hospital. Colored lithographic printing. Monsohn Press, Jerusalem. [Early 20th century]. (In medallions photos of Yeshivat Etz Haim and Bikur Holim Hospital Building). * "Nezer Gabaut" Certificate printed in various colors and gold-colored ink. Talmud Torah and Yeshivat Etz Haim and Bikur Holim Hospital Jerusalem, [early 20th century]. Hebrew and English. * "Likrat Shabbat Lhu veNalecha - From the Life of Sefardi immigrants to Saloniki at end of 18th century". Poster. Lithographic printing in gold-colored ink. Monsohn Press, Jerusalem, 1937. The work of Rafael Abraham Shalem, "Bezalel" artist. Shalem wanted to print his illustration in 1916 (as appears in illustration), but it was actually printed in 1937. * Additional copy printed in black. * Printed ketubah in gold-colored ink. Moriah Etz-Hadar Press, Jerusalem [Early 20th century]. Total of Six items. Various sizes. General condition: good.

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Printed Yahrzeit Sheet - Illustration of Crematorium in an Extermination Camp

Lot 21: Printed Yahrzeit Sheet - Illustration of Crematorium in an Extermination Camp

Description: Yahrzeit Sheet. [Israel, 1950s] Colorful printing on paper. Heading: "Over these I weep, my eyes run with water". In the center is an illustration of a "Memorial Column" with an empty space for filling in by hand. Medallions in which there are illustrations of the Western Wall, Rachel's Tomb, Tombs of the Kingdom of the House of David. In the fourth medallion an illustration of a crematorium with the words: "Remember what Amalek did to you" and "Six million martyrs". Handwritten inscriptions (faded) from 1953 in memory of "Zabari son of Abraham, Acre. 39X49 cm., in wooden frame: 44X54.5 cm. Fair to poor condition, large tears and stains. Not examined outside the frame.

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Esther Scroll with a Silver Case - Germany

Lot 22: Esther Scroll with a Silver Case - Germany

Description: Esther Scroll with a silver case. Germany, 19th Century. Silver case (no hallmark), smooth design. Nice miniature scribe's writing on thin parchment, decorated with beautiful tags in the upper line on each page. 29 lines per column, parchment height: approx. 12 cm. Fairly good condition. Stains and wear.

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Two Esther Scrolls, 19th century

Lot 23: Two Esther Scrolls, 19th century

Description: 1. Esther scroll [the Balkans? 19th cent.]. Ink on vellum of good quality. Wooden handle, carved and painted. Vellish script (Sephardic) particularly fine, artistic serifs. 24 lines per page. Vellum height: 31 cm. Fading ink of a black-brown color. 2. Esther scroll. [Morocco? 19th/20th cent.]. Black ink on vellum. Large Sephardic script. 22 lines per page. Vellum height: 29.5 cm. Black ink. Stains and wear. Cloth cover (unraveled), sewn in the opening of the first sheet.

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Esther Scroll (with Highlighted Holy Names) - 18th/19th century

Lot 24: Esther Scroll (with Highlighted Holy Names) - 18th/19th century

Description: Esther scroll, ancient "Beit Yosef" Ashkenazic script, [Russia-Poland?, 18th/19th cent.] There are five places in this scroll where enlarged letters appear and create the initials of God's names. As is well known God's name is not mentioned in the Esther scroll but interpreters of the unseen (according to HaARI) found in the initials and acronyms the names of God and other holy names. The custom to highlight the "Names" in the Scroll, is a common Hassidic custom while HAGRA believes that letters should not be highlighted if this is not done according to the "tradition". In this scroll the Holy Names are highlighted in five places while in most of the "Hassidic" scrolls only three or four names in the scroll are highlighted. 25 lines per page. Vellum height: 22 cm. Ink is faded and the scroll is not "Kosher". A patch [according to Halacha] on the column of the ten sons of Haman.

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Esther Scroll - North Africa

Lot 25: Esther Scroll - North Africa

Description: Esther scroll. [North Africa, 19th-20th cent.]. Ink on thin parchment. Wooden handle, engraved and colored. Parcment strap for binding. 25-26 lines per page. Height of parchment: 19.5 cm. Stains and several tears. Peeling paint of wood handle.

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Esther Scroll - North Africa -  with the Scroll's Blessings

Lot 26: Esther Scroll - North Africa - with the Scroll's Blessings

Description: Esther scroll [North Africa, 19th/20th cent.]. Ink on parchment, processed as a Gevil. Carved wooden handle. Parchment strap for binding. Fine script, serif. "HaMelech" scroll [most pages open with: "HaMelech"]. Upper parts of pages and some other places in the scroll are illuminated with folk illustrations. * A fragment of parchment is enclosed with the scroll with blessings to be read before reading the scroll and afterwards. Owner: "Yehuda Matrasso ben Shmuel...". 21 lines per page. 15.5 cm. Staining, slightly worn.

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Tefillin

Lot 27: Tefillin "Parshiot" - Written by Rabbi Nathaniel Sofer - Jerusalem

Description: Tefillin "Parshiot" (Torah passages for phylacteries), written by the famous scribe, the righteous Rabbi Nathaniel Sofer ("Tefilliniski"), Jerusalem, [ca.1900's]. Black ink on minature parchment sheets. "The Tefillin of R' Nathaniel Sofer" - were acclaimed in the Torah world before the holocaust. Requests came from all over the world to obtain these holy tefillin that the righteous scribe Rabbi Nathaniel Sofer Tefilliniski wrote. Many of the great ones of Israel in his time made efforts to purchase tefillin and mezuzot, the work of Rabbi Nathaniel Sofer, among them R' Samuel Salant, R' Haim Berlin, the "Saba from Slabodka", Rabbi Kook, and many others. It is known that the "Hafetz Haim" made many attempts to obtain these tefillin, and when he received them, he was very much rejoiced. Rabbi Nathaniel Sofer Tefilliniski (1867-1918), an interesting figure of a holy man, one of the great ones of "Etz Haim" Yeshiva, was blessed with a remarkable technical ability and facility for invention. He himself performed all the tasks required for making tefillin, from beginning to end: treating the parchment and the leather for the cases and straps, preparing the ink, the writing, cutting the straps, etc. Writing the "Parshiot" was a task on its own. Rabbi Nathaniel prepared the superior parchment by himself and wrote each letter and tag in holiness and purity, while wrapped in tallit and tefillin and would not interrupt the writing by speaking. Even during the short life of Rabbi Nathaniel Sofer (he passed away at the age of 52), the Tefillin of R' Nathaniel Sofer, were a rare article, as he was so particular about the work that he produced only a few tefillin. The Rebbe "Minchat Eliezer" from Munkacs tells of the efforts of his father the Rebbe, author of the "Darchei Teshuva to obtain the Tefillin of R' Nathaniel: "In Jerusalem there is a wonderful artist and I saw his wonderful work, and even in the days of R' Israel we requested him through representatives to make 'Batim' for us that have may features apart from their beauty, but he did his work very slowly....". Only a few mezuzot and tefillin Parshiot that Rabbi Nathaniel Sofer wrote remain today and they are remarkable for the special precision in observing the halachot regarding the shapes of the letters and for the especially beautiful handwriting. The special ink that Rabbi Nathaniel Sofer produced remains as when written, fresh and elegant even after a hundred years. The identification of the writing as that of R' Nathaniel Sofer, has been checked and validated by the leading scribes in Jerusalem. Also evident in the Parshiot are the special features he is known to have used, as R' Nathaniel Sofer himself wrote on the virtues of his Parshiot :"The letters are counted and measured at the beginning so that they are not enlarged or compressed, and no knife was used on any letter corrected even while writing...The ink was made properly so that it lasts long and does not redden and so not even the tag on the Yod will jump off". 5 sheets of quality parchment, mostly thin parchment. Height of parchment: 31 mm. The text of the Parshiot were checked by an expert proof reader. According to him: The hand-tefillin parasha is Kosher. There is a suspicion that one of the four Parshiot for the head-tefillin is not Kosher.

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Miniature Phylacteries (Tefillin)

Lot 28: Miniature Phylacteries (Tefillin)

Description: Two pairs of miniature hand and head phylacteries (Tefillin), for use when traveling. [19th century]. The texts have not been examined thoroughly. Length 4 cm., width:2.5 cm, height 2.5 cm.

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Five Amulets - Parchment and Paper

Lot 29: Five Amulets - Parchment and Paper

Description: Five handwritten amulets. [Oriental writing, Persia? beginning of 20th century]. * Parchment amulet for safeguarding, protection and healing. Holy names, invocations, and kabalistic diagrams [Stars of David]. * Miniature amulet with table and letter combinations. * Illuminated parchment amulet. Against the evil eye, for healing and protection. * Colorful paper amulet, for visitation of a barren woman. Angels' names, invocations, letter combinations and diagrams. Black, orange, green ink. * Paper amulet. For visitation of a barren woman. Holy names and diagrams. Narrow and long parchment and paper strips. Various sizes.

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Silver Amulet Case - Yemen - With the Original Amulet

Lot 30: Silver Amulet Case - Yemen - With the Original Amulet

Description: Silver case. Amulet. [Yemen, 20th century]. Silver (not stamped), folk beaten work, bent and inlaid; ink on paper. * Square case. Decorated with geometric designs and set with colorful stones. Rings for attaching bells. Approx. 8X9 cm. Inlaid stones missing, bells missing. * Amulet. Written on paper. Holy names and invocations. Kabalistic drawings, Judaeo-Arabic. Fair to poor condition. Dampness marks. Large tears and fold marks.

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Silver Amulet- Italy, 18th Century

Lot 31: Silver Amulet- Italy, 18th Century

Description: Amulet. [Italy, 18th Century]. Silver (stamped), beaten and soldered. Made of two identically-designed parts. In the center is a medallion with the name "Sha-dai" ,and round it a floral design with leaves and shells. At the top there is a hole with a hanging ring. Height: approx. 10 cm.

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Amulet Case

Lot 32: Amulet Case

Description: Amulet case. [Europe? End 19th century or beginning 20th century]. Silver (no hallmark) cast and engraved. Decorated case, opens with a hinge, clasp. Adapted for secondary use for carrying an amulet. The word "Sha-dai" is engraved on both sides. Maximum size: 9X7 cm.

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Amulet-Pendant - Italy

Lot 33: Amulet-Pendant - Italy

Description: Amulet pendant. [Italy, 19th century]. Silver and gold. Filigree (gilded) and casting. Two attached silver plates. To each plate the name "Shadai" is applied in golden letters (one character restored). Bordered by a flower-like frame in gilded filigree. A decorated link with a ring for hanging. Height: 4.5 cm. Damages and clefts. Pendant was restored.

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Medal - Amulet for Safeguarding a Child - Central Europe, 18th / 19th Century

Lot 34: Medal - Amulet for Safeguarding a Child - Central Europe, 18th / 19th Century

Description: On one side of the amulet, in a round frame, is written (in Hebrew): "This child shall grow up for [Torah] wedding and good deeds". Large letter in the center and in it a flowering branch. On the second side a pair of miniature fish and an inscription [very rubbed, illegible. Originally: May it be the will to save the baby of the People of Israel that it shall not get diphtheria, and that they should grow up for Your Torah and protect them in Your mercy, Amen]. Diameter: 2.5 cm. Hook missing, a number of defects (with one affecting text). See "Jewish Tradition in Art, the Feuchtwanger Collection of Judaica", by Dr. Isaiah Shachar. Item 966.

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Amulet Pendant - Moses

Lot 35: Amulet Pendant - Moses

Description: Small pendant. [France, ca. 1910]. Gold plated silver. Marked: "F. Rasumny" [Felix Rasumny]; "JD". Obverse: Moses holding the Tablets of the Law. Reverse: Hebrew inscription: "Shadai". Diameter 17 mm. Loop for hanging.

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Folk Amulet - Engraving on a Coin - Casablanca, Morocco

Lot 36: Folk Amulet - Engraving on a Coin - Casablanca, Morocco

Description: Amulet. Casablanca (Morocco), 1940s. Re-use of an American coin ("Liberty"), polished on one side. On the polished side a Star of David is engraved with the name of God and the inscription: "I. Benedikt - Casablanca". Diameter: 1.5 cm.

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Amulet of Ha'ARI Yeshiva in Safed

Lot 37: Amulet of Ha'ARI Yeshiva in Safed

Description: Amulet for good health, protection and success, Ha'ARI Yeshiva, Safed, [20th cent.]. Cast and engraved silver. On one side appear Kabbalah letters and the inscription "Ha'ARI Hakadosh Yeshiva" and on the other side the inscription "Amulet for good health, protection and success/Safed". Height: 3 cm, width: 2.5 cm. Minor damages.

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Golden Kippah from House of Belz Rebbes

Lot 38: Golden Kippah from House of Belz Rebbes

Description: Kippah for festivals (Yarmulka). [Eastern Europe, 19th century]. Cotton weave, embroidered with gold thread, silver and cotton. Sequins, "Shpanier Arbeit" [Jewish artistic embroidery work, well known in Galicia. According to tradition, this work was done by Spanish fugitives who came to Eastern Europe]. The origine of this kippah is from the house of the of the Belz Rebbes, and it is likely that it was used by the Rebbe Rabbi Aharon Rokah or his father the Rebbe Rabbi Issachar Dov Rokah. * Attached is a letter from a daughter of the family about the provenance of the kippah. Height 15 cm., diameter: approx. 20 cm. Attached is a photo that came with the kippah: The Admor Rabbi Issachar Dov Rokah on holiday in the company of his Hassidim.

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Embroidered Kippah - Kurdistan or Persia

Lot 39: Embroidered Kippah - Kurdistan or Persia

Description: Embroidered man's Kippah, Kurdistan or Persia, [early 20th cent.]. Fabric; embroidery. Embroidery of flowers and geometric patterns in orange, blue, pink and purple threads. A Hebrew text appears in the center (partly unraveled; text not deciphered); next to the borders appears an embroidered text in Arabic (partly unraveled). Height: approx.8-9 cm, width: approx. 15 cm. Stains. Unraveled embroidery.

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Colorful Table Cloth - Isfahan

Lot 40: Colorful Table Cloth - Isfahan

Description: Colorful table cloth/ decorative fabric. Isfahan, Persia, [early 20th cent]. Fabric, manual printing (stencil); hand colored. Stamped on the reverse: "Made in Iran" (English and Persian). Dense decorations of leaves, flowers and birds. Around the central circle are printed eighteen Stars of David, with the words "Zion" and the letters M-a-g-e-n-d-a-v-i-d. A blessing from the Book of Exodus is printed on the borders. Apparently this fabric was used as a table cloth or as a wall hanging decoration. Length: 102 cm, width: 100 cm. Good condition. Minor stains. Tears to lower corners. See: Jewish Folk Art through the Ages, by Ali and Aliza Davis (Reuven Mass publishing, Jerusalem, 1978), p. 41; photo no. 40-2.

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Samples of Embroidery and Decorations on Cloth

Lot 41: Samples of Embroidery and Decorations on Cloth

Description: Eight samples of Embroidery and Decorations on Cloth [20th century]. Fabric fragments, decorations drawn by hand; embroidery. Seven fabric fragments with the word "Shabbat" and decorations drawn with pattern of the Star of David; one of the fragments is earlier (end of 19th century or beginning of 20th century), with wood embroidered on it inside a Star of David and Torah crown. Average size about 14X10 cm. Fair to good condition.

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Shabbat Table Cloth - Embroidery in Yiddish

Lot 42: Shabbat Table Cloth - Embroidery in Yiddish

Description: Shabbat table cloth. [Europe, probably Germany, late 19th cent]. Fabric; embroidery. An embroidery on the lower left corner features a couple sitting at the Shabbat table. On the table are Shabbat candles, a Challah, knife, fish, a bottle of wine and a Kiddush cup. An embroidered inscription in Yiddish: fraytag oyf der nakht/iz yedn yud a melekh....". Presented is only the upper part of the table cloth. The lower part is missing. Height: approx. 48 cm, width: 78 cm. Stains, tears, unraveled lower part.

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Passover Seder Plate, Embroidered Pillowcase and a Towel for Seder

Lot 43: Passover Seder Plate, Embroidered Pillowcase and a Towel for Seder

Description: Passover Seder plate, embroidered pillowcase and a towel for Seder ("Sederzwehl"), belonged to the Heilbronn family. Tann, Germany, end of 19th Century. 1. Passover Seder plate. Cast and engraved pewter. Four plates, connected by vertical posts on feet in the shape of birds feet. In the center of the top plate is an illustration of a Seder table with eight participants. Above the table hangs a "Jewish Star" lamp. In the top plate there are six round openings, for placing dishes for the "simanim" of the Seder. A dedication is engraved in the frame "In memory of going out of Egypt - Sandel und Fanny Heilbronn -Tann". Below the illustration is the date 1897. The other plates are marked: "Cohen", "Levi", "Israel". In the center of the bottom plate there is a dedication in German: " Zum Andenken an unser silberes ehejubiläum, bleibe diese Sederschüssel unseren Familie; לדור ודור erhalten. Tann (Rhón) an 2ten Rosch Chodesch Elul 5657, Sandel u. Fanny Heilbronn." [a souvenir from our silver wedding... Sandel and Fanny Heilbronn]. Attached are original cloth napkins, used with the plate, finely embroidered in various colors (with the words "Cohen", "Levi", "Israel"). Diameter: 30 cm., height: 25 cm. One of the posts is separated from its base. Stains on the napkins. 2. Pillowcase for reclining on Seder night. Embroidered cloth in various colors, quality embroidery, edged with silver lace. In the center of the embroidery of family sitting round a Seder table. In front of the celebrants are wine cups and open Haggadahs. The father is dressed in white, by his side his wife, three sons and two daughters. Above them are the words: "Next Year in Jerusalem" (each letter is embroidered in a different color). At the sides the "simanim" of the Seder. 72X79 cm. Stains. 3. Seder Towel ("Sederzwehl"). Narrow and long Seder Towel (Sederzwehl), fine colored embroidery. Heading at top of towel: "And He brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand" and at the bottom of the towel the words: Blessed be HaMakom, Blessed be He, Blessed be He who gave the Torah to His People". In the center of the towel, embroidered designs (placed vertically) of the 12 Zodiac signs. At the sides of the designs the names of the Zodiac signs and the months. At the edges of the towel is an embroidered dedication: "Sandel u. Fanny Heilbronn Tann Community 1862". fringes and silver lace at edge (torn). 115 cm. stains.

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Challah Cover - Germany

Lot 44: Challah Cover - Germany

Description: Fabric Challah cover. Germany, [late 19th cent]. Fabric; embroidery. On the right and left columns appears an embroidered Shabbat Kiddush text. An embroidered inscription appears above the right and left columns. An embroidered eagle appears above the central column, and below are more embroidered inscriptions framed by fabric-like ribbon frames. On the lower part: lions holding the Tablets of the Law with the writing "Shabbat Koddesh". The lions are standing on a structure representing the golden dome in Jerusalem. Other structures are embroidered, as well as additional inscriptions. The cover is bordered by a frame and golden threads. Length: 56 cm, width: 55 cm. Good condition.

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Three Printed Fabrics - for Shabbat and for Passover

Lot 45: Three Printed Fabrics - for Shabbat and for Passover

Description: 1. Printed fabric "For Shabbat and Holidays", souvenir of "Va'ad K'lali Knesset Israel LeZidkat Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess" for "Supporters of the prooject". Salomon printing press, Jerusalem [late 19th cent.]. Fabric (with three compartments); printing. Kiddush for Shabbat and for Holidays. A large illustration of the Western Wall appears in the center and above it a Menorah "LaMenatze'ach". On the right appears an illustration of Beit Midrash "Kehilat Ya'akov". Text in Hebrew, English and Yiddish. 43X51 cm. 2. Printed fabric for Passover, souvenir of Kolel "Hibat Yerushalayim". Goldberg printing press, Jerusalem [early 20th cent]. Fabric; printing. Illustrations of the Temple, Cave of Machpelah, Western Wall and the Tower of David. On upper part appears the writing" for the Holdiay of Matzahs, souvenir from Kolel 'Hibat Yerushalayim' of Galicia". 52X44 cm. 3. Printed fabric for Passover, souvenir of "Sha'ar HaChochma" Yeshivah in Jerusalem. Lithography A.L. Monsohn, Jerusalem, [early 20th cent]. Fabric; printing. Illustrations of Safed, Tiberias, Hebron and cave of Machpela, the Western Wall, Passover dinner table and other illustrations. 41.5 X 39.5 cm.

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Printed Fabric - For Shabbat and for the Three Pilgrimages

Lot 46: Printed Fabric - For Shabbat and for the Three Pilgrimages

Description: Kiddush for Shabbat and the Three Pilgrimages, printed fabric. [Eretz Israel, late 19th cent]. Fabric; printing. Printed prayers: for Succot, Kiddush for Shabbat, Kiddush for the Three Pilgrimages and Rosh Hashanah, with six illustrations: Moshe and Aharon, Menorah "LaMenatze'ach", Cave of Machpelah, Mount Zion, Jerusalem and Rachel's Tomb. 39X55 cm. Stains and tears. See: "Arts and Crafts in Eretz Israel in the Nineteenth Century" (published by Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1979).

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Printed Matzah Cover - Souvenir of R' Haim Berlin Yeshivah - USA, 1927

Lot 47: Printed Matzah Cover - Souvenir of R' Haim Berlin Yeshivah - USA, 1927

Description: Passover Seder Matzah cover, with three compartments for Matzahs. Presented as a souvenir by R' Haim Berlin Yeshivah in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn], 1927. Printed fabric. Fringes. In the center appear printed illustrations: the Yeshivah building, Passover dinner, Magen David with the writing "Next year in Jerusalem" next to the flags of Israel and the USA. Text in Hebrew, English and Yiddish. Diameter: 40 cm. Stains on the reverse.

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Knitted Matzah Cover - Eretz Israel

Lot 48: Knitted Matzah Cover - Eretz Israel

Description: Matzah cover. Eretz Israel, [mid 20th cent]. Knitted cotton threads. Inscription: "Ma Nishtana HaLayla Haze mikol haleylot". Diameter: 31 cm. Sewn fabric hangers.

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Torah Scroll Mantle, 1933

Lot 49: Torah Scroll Mantle, 1933

Description: Torah scroll Mantle. [Eretz Israel?], 1933. Blue velvet; embroidery; fabric ribbons. Two lions are embroidered on the upper part, holding a Torah crown. In the center appears a Magen David with the letters "K.T." [Ketter Torah] and "B.I./I.I.". On the lower part : "1933". Height: 68 cm, width: 45 cm. Minor damages.

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Torah Scroll Mantle -Harbin, 1923

Lot 50: Torah Scroll Mantle -Harbin, 1923

Description: Torah scroll mantle. Harbin (China), [1923]. Blue, red and purple velvet cloth, gold thread raised embroidery decorations. Two pillars with rampant lions on them, between them a Torah crown and below it a pair of hands (mark of Cohen) and Star of David. The Tablets of the Law are in the center and a dedicatory inscription: "Rabbi Enoch Hanach son of Rafael Weinstein December 1923 here Harbin". The mantle is open at the back. The front part is made of blue velvet and the back of red velvet. Height: approx. 65 cm. Damage and severe tears in the embroidered decorations. Wear and tears in the velvet cloth and in the lining.

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