North African Jewish Documents

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Shivviti, possibly from North Africa, 1871

Shivviti on paper, illuminated with colorful grape vines and floral motifs. On the outside border are semicircles with Hebrew acronyms, which may have kabbalistic significance. Includes Psalm 67 written in the design of the seven-branched candelabrum with a gilded background. Signed by Na'im ben Avraham ben Mashiah and dated Friday, 24 Iyar 5631 [1871]. A shivviti is a votive tablet designed to be hung on a synagogue wall to exhort the congregation to more intense prayer.