North African Jewish Documents
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Shivviti plaque, Morocco, 19th century
Decorative calligraphy and borders in black and brown ink on heavyweight paper. Includes verses and names, including Elijah the Prophet, Shimon bar Yohai, Meir Baal ha-Nes, R. Amram ben Divan (d. 1782; a rabbi from Hebron who forged close ties with Moroccan Jews and was buried in Morocco), and R. Yehudah Gebali (?). This shiviti may have been created as a gift in honor of a marriage, since several of the sayings in the diamond shaped cartouches generally appear in ketubot (wedding contracts). Also, below the menorah there is a dedicatory statement, stating that the shiviti is a gift to Masud Bevinas (?).