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(VII) Img. ID: 234041 Shiviti plaque, Documentation (Word), Safed, 1900 edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document

2 Name/Title Shiviti plaque | Unknown
3a Object Shiviti plaque (a plaque with the image of menorah and with the verse shiviti le-negdi tamid, Ps. 6:18)
3b Object Detail Documentation (Word)
4a Artist/ Maker Moshe son of Itzhak Teherani (Moshe Shah, Moshe Mizrahi) (folk painter, before 1870-c. 1935) (Painter)
5 Date 1900
5a Activity Dates
5b Reconstruction Dates
6 Period Unknown
6a Period Detail
7 Origin Israel/Eretz Israel | Safed
8 Community Bukharan Jews
9 Collection Uzbekistan | Samarkand | Sc_014
| 5
9a Documentation / Research project Unknown
10 Location Unknown|
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown|
13 Iconographical Subject Sanctuary Implements
Isaac, Sacrifice of
Torah, Moses delivering the
Adam and Eve
Menorah with Psalm 67 |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 1992
19 Negative/ Photo. No.
19a Scan No. S421273
20 Description

The rectangular Shiviti plaque features a central menorah whose seven branches are formed by the text of Psalm 67. At the base sanctuary implements are depicted and identified individually in Hebrew. Topping the composition is an arch framing the large letters of the Tetragrammaton. Forming the side panels, are four framed biblical scenes.

An inscription appears at the upper part of the arch, it reads:

שיויתי יהוה לנגדי תמיד (תהילים טז:ח)

"I have set the Lord always before me" (Ps. 16:8 KJ.).

Another inscription, partially erased, appears at the upper margin of the arch, reads:

כי עמך מקור חיים באורך נראה אור (תהילים כו:י)

"For with thee is the fountain of life : in thy light we shall see light ". (Ps. 36:10 KJ.).

A dedicatory inscription appears beneath the menorah:

מנחה שלוחה לכבוד הגביר המרומם ה"ה / היקר הנעים והנחמד הישר נדיב לב סיניור / חיים בן ראובן הי"ו (האל יחזקהו וישמרהו" אנ"ס (אמן סלה)/ הכותב חאג'י משה בן יצחק תושב עיה"ק (עיר הקודש) צפת  ת"ו (תיבנה ותיכונן) / שנת צדיק כתמר יפרח (תהילים צב:יב)

"an offering presented in honour of the man of substance the great Rabbi / The precious, the pleasant, the nice, the honest, the generous signor(?) / Haim son of Reuben may the Lord sustain him and grant him favour Amen, evermore, Selah. / The scribe Haji Moshe son of Itzhak resident of the holy city Safed may it be built and established / the year "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree" (Ps.92:12 K.J.) "[(5)660] = (1900)".

( The date is derived from the Hebrew letters of the word "like the palm tree")

Two panels, one on top of the other, bearing biblical subjects appear on both sides of the menorah. On the right side are depicted with the beneath them. On the left side is depicted with beneath him. The panels are surrounded by a scalloped frame.

Two vases with a central stem from which flowers and leaves spring symmetrically, stand on top of the illustrated panels. Each vase bears a three letter initial.

On the right vase:

לק"י [לישועתך קיויתי יהוה] (בראשית מט:יח)

"I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord" (Gen. 49:18)

On the left vase:  לס"י

All the inscriptions are written in square filled letters.


21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
25a Material Structure
25b Material Decoration
25c Material Bonding
25d Material Inscription
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors
25k Construction Material

26 Measurements
26a Height
26b Length
26c Width
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks
38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
48 Temp: Addenda

Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter 49a
50 Researcher 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head 53a
54 Editor 54a
55 Donor 55a