Monday, April 09, 2018

Mysterious Star of David Zion 12 Letters

Here's Matt's letter to me.
Anyone who knows the answer is invited to send me an Email to zeevveez at gmail dot com


My name is Matt -- I find symbols and variations really interesting, particularly when I can't figure them out (and my sources can't either).

I came across this depiction of a Star of David recently. I haven't been taught Hebrew but I can tell that "Zion" is in the center. However, I cannot figure out or find other examples with the 12 other letters around the outside. I thought the 12 tribes would have been an obvious explanation, but I can only make some of them fit, 9 or so, by the first letters of their names. There's definitely no "Asher" in there as far as I can tell (but again, novice here!)

In my searches for an explanation I came across your blog and figured you may be just the person to ask. Do you perhaps know the significance of this depiction? It is a commercially-produced object, as far as I can tell. Some of my Jewish friends are stumped...

Thanks so much,

Monday, January 29, 2018

Star of David on The Libyan Sibyl

  • Creator
  • William Wetmore Story, born Salem, MA 1819-died Vallombrosa, Italy 1895
  • Created Date
  • modeled 1861, carved 1868
  • Description
  • A sybil was an ancient prophetic priestess who guarded her writings that foretold the future. The emblem on this sybil's necklace is an ancient symbol indicating her mystical powers, though today it is commonly associated with the Jewish Star of David, and with Exodus, and the escape of the Jewish people from slavery. The Libyan Sybil sits contemplating the fate of the African people, after reading the scroll she holds in her left hand. William Wetmore Story conceived this sculpture after the onset of the Civil War, and his letters confirm that he intended it to be a symbolic condemnation of African American slavery: "She is looking out of her black eyes into futurity and sees the terrible fate of her race. This is the theme of the figure--Slavery on the horizon.

  • Source:
    [Digital Public Library of America]

Sunday, January 28, 2018

18th century Haftarah Book with Two Gold Stars of David

Two Gold Stars of David
This illuminated, undated codex thought to date from the 18th century consists of a Haftarah… The scribe and probably the illuminator of this manuscript was Abraham bar Chizkija ha Lévi. The manuscript previously was owned by Samuel Gráf of Csakatorn and by Anton Kohn of Zagreb, who had it in his possession around 1858. A third owner was Moses Issachar, son of Isaac of Schleining. It is now in the collections of the Slovak National Library.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Magen David in Turkish art

From the World Catalog:
Türk sanatında altı köşeli yıldız : Mühr-i Süleyman
Author:  İdil Türeli
Publisher:             Cağaloğlu, İstanbul : Kitabevi, 2011.
Series:   Kitabevi, 435
Edition/Format:     Print book : Turkish
Subjects :
Art, Turkish.
Magen David in art.
Jewish art and symbolism -- Turkey.

If anyone interested in the Star of David / Solomons Seal 
knows Turkish 
please send me a review of this book 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Iranian Six-pointed star from early 13th century CE

 Exhibit in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA.
Photographer: Daderot
CC Wikimedia Commons 

King Solomon Manuscript 1558

King Solomon 
Detail from a Manuscript 
Windows with Solomon Seals or Stars of David 
Year:  1558
Sultan Suleyman in the Guise of King Solomon; Page from a Manuscript of the Shahnama-i al-i Osman (Royal Book of the House of Osman) of 'Arifi
CC Wikimedia

Friday, October 13, 2017

The "Jewish Connection" to the Hexagrams on the breweries and taverns of Germany

Dr. J.J. Hirsh in his article The Hexagram (The Shekel, vol. 14, no. 3, 1981) mentions that "Were it not for the Encyclopedia of   Freemasonry, the "Jewish Connection" to the Hexagrams on the breweries and taverns of Germany would   have never surfaced. The last paragraph under Seal of Solomon states": 
"Among the old Kabbalistic Hebrews, the Seal of Solomon was, as a talisman, of course deemed to be a sure preventive against the danger of fire. The more modem Jews, still believing in its talismanic virtues, placed it as a safeguard on their houses and on their breweries, because they were especially liable to the danger of fire. The common people, seeing this figure affixed always to Jewish brew-houses, mistook it for a sign, and in time, in Upper Germany, the hexagon, or Seal of Solomon, was adopted by German innkeepers as the sign of a beer-house, just as the chequers have been adopted in England, though with a different history, as the sign of a tavern".