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Obj. ID: 27526
Modern Jewish Art
  Raban, King Solomon's Dream, illustration for Ch. N. Bilaik's legend King Solomon and Ashmedai

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 11.2.1992

The picture represents two men, probably two kings, sitting under a tree. They are surrounded by a circle of people sitting on the ground. The two kings are sitting on a rug. The right one has a black beard, yellow robe and an orange robe on top and an orange turban. To his left are two reclining gazelles. The left one is dressed in traditional Egyptian king`s clothing. Behind them stands a servant leaning on the tree. The king on the right is touching the left king`s shoulder. The people surrounding them are dressed in oriental clothing. Some are writing, and the others are listening. In the front, a servant is pouring liquid into a bowl that a young boy is holding. In the background is a fountain, birds and trees.

 

This text was prepared by Alec Mishory:

Hebrew poet laureate Ch. N. Bialik collected, arranged, and retold many Jewish folk tales in the modern period. One of them - King Solomon and Ashmedai - tells how the King caught Ashmedai, king of demons who was brought to his court in chains. The King frees him from bondage; the demon then tricks Solomon, lifts him in the air and throws him into a land far away from Jerusalem. Solomon falls asleep; the legend tells of three dreams. In his third dream, he sees himself seated on his throne in his palace garden, surrounded by his wives and concubines who dance a frenzy dance. The whole crowd is swept away by the dance until the king's head is turning, which makes him fall from the throne and the dance then stops abruptly as if it never took place.

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King Solomon's Dream, illustration for Ch. N. Bilaik's legend King Solomon and Ashmedai | Unknown
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1920s
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Raban, Ze`ev (Painter, 1890-1970, teacher in Bezalel 1912- 1929)
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{"168":"Since 1905, he studied in several places such as Munich and Brussels. In 1912 he moved to Eretz Israel where he immediately joined the Bezalel Academy and \u2013 until the school had to close in 1929 \u2013 Raban was one of its most important figures and teachers. He was a prolific and influential artist who created the cycles of the illustrations for several biblical books (Ruth, Esther, Job, and Songs of Songs) and for the Passover haggadah. His works include also playing cards decorated with biblical figures as well as the mural tiles and decorative elements for the buildings of the King David Hotel and YMCA in Jerusalem. In addition, he created religious objects such as Chanukah menorahs."}
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