Jewish Art
After a drawing by Ze'ev Raban
Octagonal hanging plate
Etched, darkened, and repouss& eacute ; brass
H: 1; Diam: 24.2 cm

The Alan and Riva Slifka Collection in the Israel Museum
Accession number: B09.0836

The center of the plate is decorated with an embossed medallion depicting the biblical scene in which the spies “. . . cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes – it had to be borne on a carrying frame by two of them . . .” (Numbers 13:23). A row of menorahs encircles the central scene.

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 © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Oded Löbl