Auction 79 Judaica from the Finkelstein Family Collection
Jun 21, 2021
Israel
 8 Ramban St, Jerusalem.
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LOT 1:

Seal of Moses Ibn Na'aman – Spain, 14th Century

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Seal of Moses Ibn Na'aman – Spain, 14th Century
Seal of R. Moses ibn Na'aman. Spain, [ca. 14th century].
Bronze, cast and engraved.
Engraved (Hebrew) inscription: "Moshe bar [son of] Yosef, may he rest in Eden, ibn Na'aman." The inscription encircles an ornament consisting of a flower, a star, and a crescent. Star-and-crescent emblems appear on other contemporary seals; they derive from the Roman Empire and the regions of Germany and France.
The name "ibn Na'aman" also appears frequently in documents from the 12th and 13th centuries found in the Cairo Geniza (see, for example, item no. T-S 10J8.3 of the Princeton Geniza Project database). The occurrence of the name Na'aman in medieval Spain is mentioned in the article by Lidia Becker, "Names of Jews in Medieval Navarre (13th-14th centuries)" (see enclosed material). For additional information regarding medieval Spanish-Jewish seals and similar items, see: Daniel M. Friedenberg, "Medieval Jewish Seals from Europe, " Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1987, pp. 121-43
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Diameter: 2.5 cm.
Enclosed: Analysis report from the Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, the University of Tübingen (analysis of the corrosion).

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