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Seal of Rabbi Solomon Hirschel, chief Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community in London
London, England
ca. 1802
Gold, engraved, enamel, braided gold wire, agate and carnelian
Seal consists of three oval inscribed signets: on a gray agate, in Hebrew, "Shlomo, [acronym for] son of Zvi ben Avi [and for] residing in the holy community, London and the state [acronym for] May the Lord guard it, Amen"; on green stone, in English, "S. Hirschel C.R.G.J. London"; Engraved carnelian with rampant lion and deer supporting unfurled scroll, with Hebrew, "Ask you father, he will inform you, your elders, they will tell you" (Deuteronomy 32:7), a bird surmounted by Hebrew, "A threefold cord is not readily broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:12), Below, the owner's initials, "SH" [Shlomo Hirschel].
L (chain): 41; L (seal): 2.2; W (seal): 1.8 cm
The Stieglitz Collection was donated to the Museum with the contribution of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: B86.0237 ; 105/225

From the Israel Museum publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, English / Hebrew

The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 30/11/1987 - 21/04/1987

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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