Judaica filigree silver Megillah by Bezalel

By Bezalel Academy (Jerusalem, founded 1906)


Created by the prestigious Bezalel Academy, this silver megillah features a beautiful illustration from the Book of Esther and fine filigree work.


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The megillah features a silver cylindrical case with a pointed crown-form tip and long handle. The ‘megillah’ refers to any of the five sacred books of the Ketuvim (the third section of the Old Testament) which take scroll form and are read in the synagogue at certain Jewish festivals. This megillah contains the Book of Esther, which is read on Purim. Purim celebrates Queen Esther and Mordecai’s success in thwarting the ruler Haman’s plan to annihilate the Jews in the Persian Empire.

Crafted from silver, this megillah is finely decorated with an image of Mordecai drawn from the Book of Esther. It is also covered with exceptionally intricate ornamental filigree work (twisted silver wires). The Book of Esther is written in Hebrew on a scroll of parchment which can be pulled out from the silver case.

Above the depiction of Mordecai, the megillah is inscribed, in Hebrew, with the name Levi Lindenbaum, while below, also in Hebrew, is inscribed ‘In Remembrance of his trip to the land of Israel’.

The megillah is signed with the name of the maker, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. This prestigious school was founded in 1906 by the acclaimed Jewish artist, Boris Schatz.


Artist / Maker
By Bezalel Academy (Jerusalem, founded 1906)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1920
Early 20th Century
Biblical, Jewish


22 cm / 8.7 inches
4 cm / 1.6 inches


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