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Mortar decorated with seven-branched candelabrum and Hebrew letters
Verona, Italy
16th century
Artist: Servius de Levis (1570–1605)
Bronze, cast, natural brown patina
Inscription: Hebrew letters, "Mem" and "Resh" crowned with dots, flanked the menorah (probably the initials of "Physicians Craft") and the maker signature in Latin: "SERVIUS DE LEVIS VERONAE F"
H: 14; Diam: 15.5 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: B86.0233 ; 192/026

From the Israel Museum publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, English / Hebrew
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004

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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