Jewish Art

Hanging plate with the Bezalel buildings
1906–29
Engraved brass sheet
H: 1.5; Diam: 21.5 cm

The Alan and Riva Slifka Collection in the Israel Museum
Accession number: B09.0835

The plate is decorated with complex, braided interlace patterns of meticulously designed arabesques. The Bezalel buildings are depicted at the center of the plate inside a large, truncated Star of David. Underneath them is the word “Bezalel” in stylized, interlaced Hebrew letters. Stars of David also appear inside three of six small cartouches along the rim.

Publications: Benjamin, Chaya, Early Israeli Arts and Crafts: Bezalel Treasures from the Alan B. Slifka Collection in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2008, English / Hebrew

Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem