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Seal with ivory handle in the form of a hand bearing a torch
Eastern Europe
Silver, cast; ivory, carved
Inscribed in Hebrew: "Every man's signature is in it" [taken from the mussaf service for Rosh Hashanah: Unetane Tokkef - "We will express the mighty holiness of this day..." It is based on the Midrash on Job 7:37: "It is as a sign on every man's hand, that all men may know His doings" (Midrash Sifrei: Deuteronomy 307 et al] ; "[5]635 [1875] Asher Baer"; the seal cast, with Latin initials "J.H.G." in the body of the letters, in tiny Latin print, "Joseph Hirsch Goldberg".
L: 6.4; Diam: 2.8 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: B86.0238 ; 105/226

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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