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LOT: 101

Besamim box in the shape of Rachel’s Tomb. Handmade, silver with filigree work

Besamim box made in the shape of Rachel’s Tomb. Made for a special order by one of Israel’s greatest collectors by the artist Shmuel Moshe (see previous item). The top of the building opens to insert spices. On the face of the box, a door opens with a clasp as well. The box stands on four matching legs, stable angles. The side and roof have welded inscriptions: “Kever Rachel” and “Borei Minei Besamim”. Size: 6x11cm. Max height: 11cm. Weight: 189g. Unique, pretty item in excellent condition. The artist: Shmuel Moshe was a craftsman and jeweler of handmade, pure silver products. The products were works of art made in a unique filigree style. The style mainly characterizes the artwork of the goldsmiths who immigrated from Arab countries and especially from Yemen, Persia, Kurdistan and Morocco. The unique style and design of these products, had a connection and integration with the profession of goldsmithing that was studied and also practiced in the well-known "Bezalel" school. Some of the goldsmiths who immigrated to Israel were employed by Bezalel and thus made a mutual contribution and interaction in the development of the unique profession of goldsmithing. These goldsmiths worked with full vigor and investment until their extreme old age. Shmuel died in Jerusalem around the age of 90.
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