Eastern Europe, late 18th to early 19th century CE. A manuscript page featuring a painting that depicts Moses presenting the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. Donning sage green and white robes with black and gold trim on the revealed sleeve (the other sleeve behind the tablets he holds), Moses proudly stands and presents the Ten Commandments held in his right hand, his white bearded visage gazing upon the tablets, his left hand raised with fingers pointing toward the celestial realm in dramatic fashion. In the middle distance are several Israelites approaching with raised hands. There is calligraphic Hebrew text above and below as well as a long passage on the verso. The piece floats in a glass frame, so that both obverse and reverse are visible. Size: 6.625" L x 4.25" W (16.8 cm x 10.8 cm); 11.625" L x 9.375" W (29.5 cm x 23.8 cm) framed
The text on the verso seems to be discussing kosher versus treif (not kosher) practices. The passage written in a zig-zag pattern seems to be the last line of the text. Below the zig-zag words is (in Hebrew) "Perek Arba'a Asar" meaning "Chapter 14". This may refer to chapter 14 of Leviticus which explores who and what is pure or impure given different circumstances, or it could refer to chapter 14 of Deuteronomy which extensively addresses what is kosher and what is not, though the words "kosher" and "treif" are not explicitly used. Instead, the words "pure" and "impure" are used.
Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection
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