North African Jewish Documents

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

Shivviti plaque using the traditional appearance and texts of a shivviti tablet, including Psalm 16:8, "I have set [Heb. shivviti] God always before me," and Psalm 67, but mainly containing texts relating to the festival of Purim. These texts include short poems relating to the festival, and the special bessings for the day and for reading the Megilah of Esther. The center column on the bottom concludes with the statement, "I have written for my friend, the light of my eyes, Haviv ben Aziz." The text is surrounded by borders which consist of colored geometric and floral decorations.