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Lot 4: "Shiviti" - Handwritten Decorated Parchment Leaf - Morocco

Judaica, Ceremonial Art & Israeliana

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

January 23, 2013

Jerusalem, Israel

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Description: ["Shiviti"], "The merit of Rabbi David HaLevi should protect you", decorated leaf for hanging in the synagogue. Morocco, [19th century].Ink and paint on parchment; gold color; tiny metal sequins.At the top of the leaf is an illustration of a crown, under which the name of G-d appears above the inscription "The merit of Rabbi David HaLevi should protect you" [Rabbi David ben Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi of Daraa, a Spanish exile who reached Morocco in 1492; Torah scholar and mekubal, author of Sefer HaMalchut]. In the center of the leaf are three lamps. The drawing of the right lamp is composed of the words of Ana BeKoach, the middle lamp is composed of the words of Psalm 67 and the left is composed of the words of Psalm 121 (Shir LaMa'alot). Under the lamps is the version of a kabalistic prayer for livelihood from the Holy Zohar. The leaf has colored and golden decorations, in geometric and plant patterns; entirely enclosed in a window-shaped frame. The Ana B'Koach lamp and the Shir LaMa'alot lamp are also enclosed in pointed window-shaped frames. The row of flowers in a peripheral frame, the crown at the top of the leaf and the center lamp are decorated with tiny sequins, sewn to the parchment leaf (on the reverse side, papers were glued to protect the threads from unraveling).40X59 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Minor damages to paint. Creases.

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