The present shivviti was created by the artist Zevi Hirsch ben David, who is known to have produced an extraordinary group of six micrographic plaques in Amsterdam between 1800 and 1823. It incorporates images of the Table of the Shewbread (at left), the Altar (below center), and the menorah (inscribed with the words of Ps. 67; at right), along with its attendant implements (the tongs and snuffdishes). The document is framed with biblical and mystical verses associated with the Temple and the menorah. Two nearly-identical shivvitis are held in the collections of the Beinecke Library at Yale University (Hebrew +93:14) and the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg (Codex Levy 45). A third exemplar, now lost, was once in the collection of Elkan Nathan Adler, London.
Heinrich Frauberger, Über alte Kultusgegenstände in Synagoge und Haus: mit 151 Abbildungen (Frankfurt am Main: Gesellschaft zur Erforschung jüdischer Kunstdenkmäler, 1903), 76-77.
Irina Wandrey (ed.), Ausstellungskatalog “Tora-Talmud-Siddur” (Hamburg: Universität Hamburg, 2014), 303-309.
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