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Auction No. 17 - 07.02.2018

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LOT: 051

Dowry box for a bride made of wood. Cochin, India. 1930s.

With wood carving, filled in with bone with the symbol of the Star of David. Inscription: “keDat Moshe v’Yisrael.” Size: 50x27x31cm. Includes handles made of brass. Good condition.
Item sold at $190 Starting at $150
LOT: 052

Large necklace made of silver for a bride. Yemen, beginning of the 20th century.

With a housing for an amulet, decorated with filigree work. Two ambers on the chain. Length of the housing: 14cm. Total length: 49cm. Total weight: 415g. Stamp in Arabic, not intelligible. Most likely Yemen. Good condition.
Starting at $450
LOT: 053

Silver wedding ring. 20th century.

At the top of the ring is a building with a roof. Around the ring are relief inscriptions: “Mazal tov,” “Jerusalem,” “KolSasonv’Kol Simcha”. The ring opens to a container. Height: 8cm. Diameter: 2cm. Weight: 35g. Good condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $120
LOT: 054

Fastener for a belt, silver, for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Europe, beginning of the 20th century.

Decorated with relief and engraving of the Binding of Isaac, and the inscription “because on this day you will repent and be purified of all your sins.” 10x5.5cm. Stamps B13 and 13. Weight: 68g. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $240 Starting at $200
LOT: 055

Belt for a bride made of silver. Tunisia, beginning of the 20th century.

Silver with gilding. The fastener has cutting work of a hand holding a fish for luck. Length: 70cm. Width: 3.8cm. Weight: 250g. Probably Tunisia. Light defects. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $400
LOT: 056

Handsome Bukhari robe. Bukhara-Central Asia. 20th century.

A large and wonderful juma richly made by hand from velvet cloth, clear and strong blue color, embroidered with golden decorations of candelabras, plants, and flowers. On the back is the Star of David—a large star. Excellent condition. The origin of the juma is the royal attire of the area, like the Amir of Bukhara, who passed the tradition from generation to generation. The juma is traditionally worn at special occasions such as family simchas. In the past it was worn in festive events as a jacket for any occasion, but today it is only worn for part, mainly for the dancing. The members of the family and the people celebrating the simchah themselves wear it, since there is a belief that wearing it will give the wearer luck for their own simchah. It is used today for weddings, circumcisions, bar mitzvah, and similar.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $300
LOT: 057

Qom carpet handmade from silk. Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams. Second half of the 20th century.

Colorful silk carpet made by hand. Above the figures are two circles, with Pharaoh’s dreams (as far as is known, 3 carpets of this type were made in Qom, Iran, for an individual order). Size: 122x102cm. Excellent condition.
Starting at $3000
LOT: 058

Curtain from the graves of the Tanna’im Rabbi Hiya and his sons, Rabbi Huna RishGaluta and Rabbi HaMenuna Saba.

The curtain that was spread over the graves of the Tanna’im mentioned above, upon which multitudes of Jews opened their hearts and prayed over many years. It is made from brown velvet fabric, with silver embroidery of a crown of Torah and floral decorations. In the center is a dedication “marked Rav Hiya and his sons Rav Huna RishGaluta and Rabbi HaMenuna Saba…” | On the subject of the graves of Rabbi Hiya and his sons, located on the mountain ascent from Tiberias, discovered by the Arizal (see Sha’arHagilgulim—Introduction 37): “Go a little northwards and turn slightly west, there on the mountain the people of Tiberias bury their dead, and there is one terrace built with three walls, which is a cave for Rabbi Hiya and his sons. Known that in the windows in the northern wall, there they are buried. RavHamenunah Saba is always referred to in the Zohar. Rav Huna RishGaluta was at the time of RabbeinuHaKodesh (Shimon bar Yochai), and his coffin was brought up to RavHiya’s grave, see there.” It is known that the holy sages appreciated the level of Rav Hiya because of what is written in BavaMetziya: Elijah the Prophet said that in our time, Rabbi Hiya and his two sons are like Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov; also mentioned in TavorHaAretz: “once there was a significant shortage of rain in the Land of Israel, and Rabbi Nahman of Hordenka sent people to the cave of Rav Hiya and his sons and prayed there for rain, and he went with them, and he ordered them to take with them winter clothes to protect them from the wind and rain (it was then a hot, dry day), they went to the cave, their winter clothes in their hands, and a minister and judge of the city laughed at them and spit at them, and said that if they returned to the city and no rain had fallen he would trample on the Rav. They went on their way and prayed at the graves, and when they got to “MeishivHaRuach” the wind blew on their faces, and when they said “MoridHaGashem” the skies opened up and significant rain fell. Had they not brought winter clothes with them they would not have been able to return to the city, and when they reached the gate, the minister put the rabbi on his shoulders and carried him into the city, and the city of Tiberias celebrated, and the non-Jews even said “who is like you, G-d, and who is like your people, Israel.” | The velvet is faded, crumpled, and wrinkled in the margins. 280x140cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $300
LOT: 059

Curtain from the grave of the Ramchal.

The curtain that was spread over the grave of the Ramchal (Rabbi Moshe HayyimLuzzatto), upon which multitudes of Jews opened their hearts and prayed over many years. It is made from green velvet fabric, with silver embroidery of a crown of Torah, verses, and decorations of the corners. At the bottom is a dedication: “For the Ramchal, Rabbi Moshe HayyimLuzzatto…” Around the curtain is an embroidered frame and in the margins are fringes and silver finials. | The Ramchal (1707-1746) was a kabbalist and authored dozens of works of kabbalah and mussar. He is considered one of the fathers of Mussar and authored the most well-known mussar book of all time, MesillatYesharim. 110x120cm, generally very good condition.
Item sold at $850 Starting at $300
LOT: 060

Curtain and textile set for a synagogue. Holland, 1928.

1. Handsome, decorated curtain made with colorful embroidery and silver threats in 3 sections, an upper cover with a dedication “donated by Rabbi Yosef Shlomo bar Moshe Pattlitzer and his wife Mrs. Sarah bat RavNatan of The Hague.” Throughout two sections that open over the Holy Ark are decorations of plants and flowers. Star of David and more. Total length: 2.40m. Width: 1.50m. 2. Cover for the blessing of the Torah, including an embroidered inscription “Torat Hashem Temima” around a decoration of flowers made from silver trhead. 65x50cm. 3. Pocket cloth for a shtender (probably for the synagogue’s rabbi), including an embroidered inscription and decorations of plants from silver thread. 40x30cm. Very good condition.
Starting at $2000
LOT: 061

Curtain for a Holy Ark. Europe, 18th century. Rare item.

Decorated with silver thread embroidery. In the center is a large crown and gemstones. Bears an inscription. The fabric is disintegrating. Defects. Measurements: 65x65cm. Ok condition.
Starting at $300
LOT: 062

Carpet made of wool for a synagogue. Beginning of the 20th century.

Handmade for hanging on a wall in a synagogue, in the middle is a Star of David and the word Zion. 60x62cm. Good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 063

Cover for a sefertorah. North Africa, 19th century.

Cover for a case of a sefertorah. Wonderful embroidery with silver thread covered in gold, a variety of Jewish motifs. Pillars of Yachin and Boaz, lions, the golden menorah, arabesque, birds and holy implements. A floral frame. The velvet is faded. Light tears, nothing missing. 58x114cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $1700 Starting at $300
LOT: 064

Cover for a Sefer Torah with silver embroidery. Eastern Europe, end of the 19th century.

The upper portion has the Twelve Tribes and in the center the Ten Commandments. In the center of the cover there is a dedication embroidered by hand. 65x40cm. Light defects. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 065

Lot of 7 covers for Sifrei Torah—North Africa, 19/20th centuries.

Made of fabric and velvet, embroidered with wonderful embroidery, golden threads. With typical motifs, Stars of David, Ten Commandments, crowns of Torah, and similar. Some with dedications. Different sizes and conditions.
Starting at $150
LOT: 066

Lot of 7 covers for Sifrei Torah—19/20th centuries.

Made of fabric, silk, and velvet. Fabric and metal thread embroidery, with typical motifs, Stars of David, Ten Commandments, crowns of Torah, and similar. Some with dedications. Israel, North America, and more. Different sizes and conditions.
Starting at $150
LOT: 067

Case for a Sefer Torah. Velvet with silver decorations, including a pair of finials. India, 1935.

Case made from wood, covered in blue velvet and silver decorations, flowers, plants. Height of the case: 70cm. Diameter: 30cm. Height of the finials: 15cm. Weight: 4.5kg. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $2500
LOT: 068

Case for a Sefer Torah covered in silver—India, 20th century.

Case made from wood, covered in silver embroidery stuck to the case in an artistic fashion via 200 silver studs. Closed by inserting a silver rod. Slightly missing the lower portion of the cover. A number of studs are missing. Diameter: 28cm. Height: 63cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $2500
LOT: 069

Case for a sefertorah made from wood and silver. 1965.

At the top is a silver relief and engraving of lions holding the Ten Commandments. In the upper portion is a silver relief with an inscription engraved “in memory of Yehezkel ben Nasim.” In the lower portion is a silver embossed relief with an engraving. Total eight: 94cm. Light defects, generally good condition.
Starting at $350
LOT: 070

Handsome decoration for a Holy Ark made of wood. Jerusalem, 1938.

Woodcarving, colorful sections. At the top is the name of G-d, above a Star of David and a Torah crown, in the center are the Ten Commandments, with an embossed relief of the commandments in silver. Above the commandments on the tablets are grapevines. To the right and left are floral bouqets with inscriptions. Height: 43cm. Length: 120cm. The color is faded in a number of places, and the letter vav in “Lo Tignov” (Do not Steal) is missing. Generally good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 071

Decoration for a Holy Ark made from wood, 1930s.

Torah Crown made of wood. Sculpting work, the image of two lions, between them are decorative curves and plants. In the center of the decoration are the letters Kaf and Taf (Keter Torah, crown of torah) in red. 24x81cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 072

Miniature Holy Mark illustrated for children. India, end of the 19th century.

Made from 4 double doors that open with multi-colored illustrations. On the first doors are an illustration of lions holding a crown and on the back is an illustration on one side of the Menorah and on the other the Sefer Torah. In the center is a Star of David. On the second doors is an illustration of the Menorah and Shofar and holy places. In the following doors is an illustration of a Sefer Torah and the Western Wall. On the interior doors is an illustration of two Stars of David. At the end are the Ten Commandments and the English alphabet. Size: 16x8x8cm. Defects. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 073

Pretty chair for Elijah the Prophet. Europe, 19th century. A rare item fit for a museum.

A rare and unique item, a chair for Elijah the Prophet from a synagogue in Europe. It is constructed with two seating spots decorated with handcarved wood, including an inscription engraved on one of the backs “this is Elijah’s chair”, and on the other “this is my brit that you will preserve.” In the center is a classic floral carving from the period. Chairs from the 19th century. These are rare, it is known of only a few in museums around the world. Accompanied by matching pillows and an additional pillow with the inscription “brit milah.” Height: 96cm. Width: 110cm. Depth: 45cm. Light defects. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $2200 Starting at $1500
LOT: 074

Brass case for tools of a brit milah. Beginning of the 20th century.

Decorated with embossed relief and engraving from silver with geometric shapes in the Damascus style. Around the box is an inscription: “I hereby gave to him my brit shalom.” Includes a clasp for locking. Size: 4x21x6.5cm. Probably Israel, beginning of the 20th century. Light defects. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $450 Starting at $100
LOT: 075

Set for a mohel made of silver and bone. Italian style, 20th century.

Silver brit knife with a handle made from bone, decorated with carving work of the Binding of Isaac. The angel holds Avraham’s hand holding Isaac while tied, alongside the sacrifice of the ram. Height: 18.5cm. The end of the knife is a little broken, generally good condition. The Magen Milah is made of silver, decorated with nailwork. On one side is “Kel Sha-d-ai” and on the other is an engraving “I Elhanan Yedidya Levi, the Mohel, will open my mouth and sing your praises to circumcise a male according to your commandment.” Width: 4cm. Length: 7.5cm. Good condition. Total weight of the set: 48g.
Item sold at $650 Starting at $300