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Obj. ID: 27528
Modern Jewish Art
  Raban, Ashmedai's Meeting with King Solomon, illustration for Ch. N. Bialik's King Solomon and Ashmedai

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

The picture represents a large winged figure of Ashmedai. His lower body is hen-like and his upper body is naked. He has black wings, which fill most of the picture. His right arm and leg are chained and he is holding a stick in his left hand. He has a green-orange turban and a little beard and he is wearing a belt around his waist. The figure is standing on the black and white floor of a building fronting King Solomon. Solomon is seen from his back sitting on a blue arm-chair. He wears a white robe with blue stripes. To his right on the floor are a few dishes. From the roof the city's houses can be seen. In the background the colours are green and yellow.

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 and brought him to his court in chains. Solomon was in the process of building the Temple in Jerusalem; he was advised that there is a magical worm – shamir. He then forces the demon to actually help him build the Temple by relinquishing the services of the shamir, a mystical worm who could split rocks easily without iron tools. Raban's illustration focuses on Ashmedai's meeting with Solomon. The demon, in chains, holds a staff, four cubits long, about to throw it on the ground, next to the king's feet. 

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Ashmedai's Meeting with King Solomon, illustration for Ch. N. Bialik's King Solomon and Ashmedai | Unknown
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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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