Early 20th Century Silver Mezuzah by Bezalel School Jerusalem
Acid-etched silver Mezuzah by Bezalel School Jerusalem, circa 1925.
The Mezuzah is a tiny receptacle that houses a parchment scroll which contains two verses from the scriptures. It is attached to the doorway of every Jewish home.
This Mezuzah followed the "Bezalelite" pattern, meaning that the silver case include numerous Bezalel etched motifs. Some examples of these motifs are: Stars of David in both ends, decorated hanging lamp in the center and The western Wall scene titled with hebrew on the lower section.
This particular Mezuzah is etched with Hebrew on the upper section "Blessed are you when you come in and blessed when you go out", and the name "Shadai" applied with bolt Hebrew letters.
Etched in Hebrew "Jerusalem" And "970"
"Then the Lord said to Moses, See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all manner of workmanship - to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts." (Exodus 31, 1-5).
Established in 1906 by artist Boris Schatz as the “Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts”, Bezalel has evolved into one of the world's most prestigious art schools.
The name Bezalel is synonymous with more than 100 years of Israeli art, innovation and academic excellence. Bezalel’s unique strength stems from the numerous breakthroughs it has been responsible for and its ability to respond and adapt to cultural changes. It takes pride in its numerous generations of graduates, the spearhead of Israeli artists, designers and architects, in Israel and around the globe.
The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is, first and foremost, a group of talented, inspired and motivated artists and professionals. Both faculty and students are driven by a passion to create and by their dedication to quality and excellence.
These two pillars of the Academy have placed Bezalel at the epicenter of Israel’s cultural discourse and at the forefront of its artistic scene, making it instrumental in shaping the country’s cultural identity.