North African Jewish Documents

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Shivviti plaque, Morocco, late 19th or early 20th century

Black, gold, and green designs and calligraphy on brown paper, including gilded floral designs in borders, verses from Psalms, menorahs, hamsas and other symbols. Center menorah contains Psalm 67. The rectangles on each side of the menorah contain kabbalistic symbols representing Adam, Eve, and Lilith. Below the menorah are images of implements used in the Temple. On the bottom, within the gilded frame, is a curious saying stating, "Our sages said: Whoever says the Psalm 'La-menatse’ah ba-neginot' (Psalm 67), [contained] in the shape of the menorah, is guaranteed a place in the world to come." The name Reuven Amar appears below.