Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Oded Löbl
Cameo "Miriam"
Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, Jerusalem
1911–29
Mother-of pearl shell, cut and carved
H: 3.9; W: 2.9 cm
The Alan and Riva Slifka Collection in the Israel Museum
Accession number: B09.0890 ; 174/326
 
 
The dancing figure holding a tambourine illustrates the verse “Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her in dance with timbrels” (Exodus 15:20). The movement of the figure and her veil recalls European Orientalist depictions of dancers from the early 20th century.

Publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, Early Israeli Arts and Crafts: Bezalel Treasures from the Alan B. Slifka Collection in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2008, English / Hebrew

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir