Amulet adorned with the Priestly Benediction and menorah
Artist: Giovanni Battista Faraldi
Silver, cast and engraved
Inscribed in Hebrew: "Shaddai"; "The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord deal kindly and graciously with you; The Lord bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace" (the Priestly Benediction, Numbers 6:24-26).
The first five words are widely inscribed on amulets; their letters, arranged in different sequences, equal the '22 letter name'. On reverse side, additional engraved menorah.
H: 10.7; W: 5.5 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: B86.0261
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