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Bidding Information
Lot #    19299
Auction End Date    11/13/2007 11:27:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Shivviti
Title (Hebrew)    שויתי
Author    [Kabbalah - Ms. - Vellum]
City    North Africa
Publication Date    19th cent,
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [1] p., 170:115 mm., light age staining, ink on vellum, with Biblical verse in classic menorah form.
          
Detailed
Description
   Shivviti the opening word, in Hebrew, of the verse: "I have set the L-rd always before me" (Ps. 16:8). As a part of the daily prayer, the word became a cliche for Jewish devotion and common language. During the 18th and 19th centuries, and up to the present a votive tablet called "Shivviti," principally containing the above verse, was put up in front of those praying in the synagogue. These synagogue plaques contain other 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.
          
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    North Africa
  
Subject
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Parchment or vellum:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica