Montefiore Mizrach by Unknown Artist

A mizrach is a traditional Jewish wall tablet or plaque showing the direction of Jerusalem for prayer.

Details

Medium:
Scagliola tablet (imitation marble or pietra dura made from a fine plaster of powdered selenite mixed with glue and coloured)
Dimensions:
119 x 89 x 4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £20,000)
Acquired in:
2010
Vendor:
Marlborough Rare Books

This tablet’s iconography incorporates traditional Jewish elements - a menorah and the tablets with the Ten Commandments inscribed in Hebrew - with elements from the Montefiore coat-of-arms. It was produced especially for Sir Moses Montefiore, one of the most prominent figures in British-Jewish history. Montefiore was a City financier and banker who went on to devote himself to philanthropy and alleviating the distress of Jews all over the world. Despite his importance, the museum has not been able to represent him adequately in the collection until now. This mizrach will be installed on the eastern wall of the museum's central staircase, a key architectural feature at the core of the new museum.

Provenance

Christie's, 2010; Marlborough Rare Books.

Venue details

Jewish Museum London 129-131 Albert Street, Camden Town, LONDON London NW1 7NB 020 7284 7384 www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £8.50)

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Fri, 10am – 2pm

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