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Shiviti amulet adorned with depiction of the menorah and quotation from Psalms
Persia
18th century
Silver, engraved and punched; turquoise
Inscribed in Hebrew: along the frame, "Abag Yatatz..." (42-letter Name, a magical name from Practical Kabbala tradition, and the abbreviation of the prayer of R. Nehuniah ben ha-Kanah: "By the great power of thy right hand, set the captive free... Accept our prayer, hear our cry, thou who knowest secret thoughts"); on dome, "Ahavi El Haniel Hasdael Shaddai" and Shiviti verse: "I am ever mindful [shiviti] of the Lord's presence; [acronym for] He is at my right hand; I shall never be shaken" (Psalms 16:8); in the center, the Menorah with verses from the Sixty-seventh Psalm. At the base on both sides, amulet acronyms.
H: 13.3; W: 7.7 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: B86.0253 ; 103/956

Amulets with the seven-branched candelabrum inscribed with initials of the sixty-seventh Psalm are called "Menorah" or "Shiviti" amulets, because of the verse appearing above the menorah.


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

Exhibitions:
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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