Sterling Silver & Wood & Gold Highlighted Mezuhah From Israel - New In The Box For Sale
THIS MEZUZAH IS ONE OF A SERIES OF FOUR (4), IN THIS SIZE, DESIGNED BY MAURICE MOUSSERI. .925 STERLING SILVER WITH GOLD HIGHLIGHT FRONT ON AN ITALIAN MAHOGANY TYPE WOOD BACKING. SEE PHOTOS FOR DETAILS. HARVEST(STOCK NUMBER 106635LR) 13 CM X 2.4 CM (takes an 8-10 cm klaf -not included). The design present an un-interupted front as the attachment to the doorpost is accomplished with a unique magnetic method of attachment (included). There are seven (7) other designs available in either a 15.5 cm x 4.5 cm or 19.5 x 5.5 cm size. These will also be listed here in the near future. Now for the first time, the sterling silver treasures of Maurice Mousseri are available in America from Israel. The following narrative is here to provide some background on Maurice . Maurice, is a 3rd generationdescendant of Jewish Damascene craftsmen was the last to produce inlaid decorative metalwork inSyria, when in 1992 he, "was allowed to leave Syria by President Assad ". He left Damacas and fled to the United States. In 1994, he immigrated to Israel where he designs and produces fine works of Judaica using the fine art form and techniques passed down to him by his ancestor,reflecting not only his Sepharaic background but traditional Ashkanazic designs as well. In the 19th century all artistic metalwork was produced by Jews. The turn of the 20th century is considered the latter day golden age on inlaid metalwork in Syria. At that time, the most renowned company specializing in this work was the Coorperative Oriental owned by Maurice's maternalgrandfather, Mousa Metta. A competing company, owned by a Christian named Na'san, employed Jewish craftsmen for theirbrass work, Muslims for their turned wood, and Christians for inlaid woodwork. Maurice's father, Ziyyon (b. 1909) began learning his craft at age 8 when he started at the Na'san Company. He left Na'san at age 16 and started his own design and manufacturing operation in 1925. In the mid-1930's The Cooperative Oriental went bankrupt and Ziyyon Mousseiri hired some of these men and women to grow his company. In 1965, Maurice started working with his father, Ziyyon Mousseiri died in 1977, leaving behind a heritage of exquisite designs and quality workmanship. Maurice was the natural heir to this business. In 1979, Maurice decided to try to leave Syria and locked the store and with his family tried to cross the border into Israel. They were arrested at the Lebanes border and Maurice was imprisioned for 55 days. After release, Maurice was returned to Damascus and resumed his craft. Hisrodents were in considerable demand in not only Syria, but the rest of the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia and was sold to royal houses, wealthy individuals, hotel chains, and mosques. All of the production was only available to be sold to Muslim clients. However in 1980, in memory of his father, Maurice wrought the two-winged brass entrance doors of the Damascus al-franj (European's) synagogue, whose outer face was inlaid with silver. The top of the entrance is shaped like a Torah Crown. Each wing of the door has three panels, each containing a different Hebraic design.The inside of the entrance also has a Torah Crown but of a different form, with the word Ziyyon (ZION) in bold Hebrew letters in the center. This inscription is tocommemorate and honor Maurice's father - Ziyyon. Today all of Maurice's designed Judaic art pieces contain the inscription Zion in honor of his father.
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Sterling Silver & Wood & Gold Highlighted Mezuhah From Israel - New In The Box: $25