This sumptuously decorated shivviti
, illustrated with the Ten Commandments, two Temple menorahs, and a variety of biblical verses, was created in honor of the Italian philanthropist Raffaello Rosselli (1837-1926). The inscription below bestows a blessing upon him and his family. Rosselli was apparently a collector of antiquities and a man of excellent taste. In August of 1896, it was reported in Il Corriere Israelitico
, the Italian monthly magazine devoted to Jewish history and literature, that he had donated to the Museum of Livorno “precious ancient objects of fine work.”
Lauro Rossi, Politica, valori, idealità: Carlo e Nello Rosselli maestri dell’Italia civile (Rome: Carocci, 2003).