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Phylactery (Tefillin) case (one of a pair), decorated with lions, gazelle, and eagles
Late 18th century
Silver, cast, pierced and partly gilt
Inscribed in Hebrew: the letters "shin" and "yud" - initials of Shel Yad (for the hand); "There are wings of a dove sheathed in silver, its pinions in fine gold" (Psalms 68:14); "Swift as a gazelle, and strong as a lion, to do the will of your Father who is in Heaven" (Ethics of the Fathers V:23); "And all the peoples of the earth shall see that the Lord's name is proclaimed over you" (Deuteronomy 28:10). The cases are containers for storing the parchment sheets inscribed with verses from Exodus 13:1–10,11–16, and from Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11, 13–21
H: 5.5; W: 8; L: 6.2 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: B86.0230 ; 187/089

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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