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  (XI) Obj. ID: 34914 Opening page for Ch. N. Bialik's poem "The Desert Dead" (Metey Midbar) in Book Poems,, Odessa, 1912. // Jan, Ira (Esther Slepian, painter, 1868-1919) edit  
Category: Modern Jewish Art


2 Name/Title Opening page for Ch. N. Bialik's poem "The Desert Dead" (Metey Midbar) in Book Poems | Unknown
3a Object Drawing
Illustration
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Jan, Ira (Esther Slepian, painter, 1868-1919) (Unknown)
5 Date 1912
6 Period Unknown
6a Period Detail
7 Origin Ukraine | Odes'ka obl. | Odessa
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8 Community Unknown |
9 Collection Unknown |
9b Documentation/
Research project
Unknown |
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown|
13 Iconographical Subject Lion
Serpent (Snake)
Priestly Blessing |
14 Category
17 Photographer Unknown
18 Photograph Date
19 Negative/ Photo. No.
19 Remarks
20 Description

Description author is Alec Mishory.

Jan's approach to Bialik's poem, is allegoric. Her illustration is comprised of a frame, made of snake and a plant motifs, crowned with a lion's head. The fingers of two hands, popping behind the lion's head, signify the Jewish Priestly blessing:

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (Numbers, 6, 24-26).

The poet must have dictated this motif to Jan. The Priestly blessing is included in various Jewish prayers; It is recited at night, before going to sleep, and during the citation of 'Hear, o Israel' (Shema Israel). The Kabbalah significance given to this blessing stems from its link to two verses that precede it, in The Song of Songs: 

Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel. They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. (The Song of Songs, 3, 7-8).

These guards, or 'valiant men' are traditionally interpreted as expressing King Solomon's weakness; though he was the wisest of men, rich and powerful, he sinned. The King feared night and surrounded himself with sixty heroes whose swords were drawn at all times for his protection. Another interpretation for the sixty heroes surrounding the King regards them as representatives of the sixty letters comprising the Priestly blessing. It is possible that Bialik conceived a parallel between his poem The Desert Dead and King Solomon's heroes and thus, after explaining this link to Ira Jan,  he might have encouraged her to add the visual motif of the Priestly blessing to the opening page she made for his poem.

Lion, snake and eagle, animals that suddenly appear in the desert, in Bialik's poem are used by the poet as means for contrasting the momentary with the eternal; they look at the heroes lying on the desert ground, and then they turn around and leave the scene. Jan turned them into metaphoric symbolist icons.


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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

26 Measurements
26a Height 8 cm
26b Length
26c Width 10 cm
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
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46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
34914
48 Temp: Addenda
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49 Documenter 49a
50 Researcher 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head 53a
54 Editor 54a
55 Donor 55a

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(XXII) ID: 330692 Opening page for Ch. N. Bialik's poem "The Desert Dead" (Metey Midbar) in Book Poems, , Odessa, 1912 edit
Category: Modern Jewish Art
ID: 330692 Opening page for Ch. N. Bialik's poem "The Desert Dead" (Metey Midbar) in Book Poems, , Odessa, 1912 edit  
Category: Modern Jewish Art

General Document


2 Name/Title Opening page for Ch. N. Bialik's poem "The Desert Dead" (Metey Midbar) in Book Poems | Unknown
3a Object Drawing
Illustration
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Jan, Ira (Esther Slepian, painter, 1868-1919) (Unknown)
5 Date 1912
6 Period Unknown
7 Origin Ukraine | Odes'ka obl. | Odessa
|
8 Community Unknown |
9 Collection Unknown |
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown|
13 Iconographical Subject Lion
Serpent (Snake)
Priestly Blessing |
14 Category
17 Photographer Unknown
18 Photograph Date
19 Negative/ Photo. No.
19a Scan No. A417812
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
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

26 Measurements
26a Height 8 cm
26b Length
26c Width 10 cm
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
330692
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
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