AUCTION 32 | Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Autographed Letters, Manuscripts, Graphics and Ceremonial Art

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Lot 331


Two papercuts: Shivithi.The Tetragrammaton is topped by a crown and flanked by lions on both sides. Below is a seven-branched candelabrum inscribed with the verses from Psalm 67. Watercolor on vellum. 12 x 15 inches. Framed * And: Yom Chag ha-Shavu’oth Hazeh [Pentecost]. In center, the Two Tablets of the Law containing the Decalogue and below, the initials Z[eman] M[atan] T[oratheinu], “the Time of the Giving of our Torah.” Watercolor on paper. 10 1/2 x 17 inches. Framed


Est: $1,500 - $2,500
Papercuts - on both paper and vellum - were a popular genre of Jewish folk art in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Central and Eastern Europe. Known as “oissherenishen” in Yiddish, the papercuts were especially in demand for the festival of Shavu’oth, when they would adorn the window panes. These “shavuoslakh,” as they were called, were usually cut by children in cheder. See J. and Y. Shadur, Jewish Papercuts (1994), p. 27