Mid-20th Century Brutalist Brass Mezuzah Case by David Palombo
A mid-20th century brutalist brass Mezuzah case created by the Israeli artist David Palombo. The Mezuzah case is shaped in the form of rectangular box. The word "Shaddai" in Hebrew letters made from roughly finished strips of brass, is soldered onto the front of the case. On its back, manufacturer's sticker (English): "Hand Made, Granite, Jerusalem Israel." ("Granite" was both Palombo's daughter's name, and the name of the studio of applied arts established at his initiative.) The case contains mezuzah parchment scroll.
David Palombo (1920-1966) was a sculptor and painter born in Turkey and immigrated to Israel with his parents in 1923. In 1940 he began his studies at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and from 1942 was a student of sculptor Ze’ev Ben-Zvi. For a period of time, Palombo was an assistant at Ben-Zvi’s studio and later taught at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Palombo’s known works include the memorial building gates to Yad Vashem (1960) and the gates to the Knesset. The latter were created shortly before his premature death, caused by a motorcycle accident in which Palombo hit a chain used to block off the entrance of a Haredi neighborhood of Yamin Moshe, on the eve of Shabbat.
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Height: 6.25 in. (15.88 cm)Width: 1.25 in. (3.18 cm)Depth: .5 in. (1.27 cm)