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  • Description

    Oval ceramic pod divided into two halves; inside: embracing figures of Solomon and Solomon and Sheba; outside: star design; painted black.

  • Date

    • 20thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11 centimetres
    • Width: 8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Bowers catalogue entry
    The outside of each half of the pod is decorated with an incised six-pointed star indicating the “Seal of Solomon”. The interior of each half is modelled in low relief. One part depicts the standing figure of a bearded Solomon with his right hand raised, whereas the other depicts Solomon and the queen of Sheba in a passionate embrace. There is a hole at the top to allow the two halves to be secured together. The maker of this unusual object is not known but this type of dense black ceramic depicting traditional historical themes is traditionally made by Ethiopian Jews, known also as Falasha.


  • Exhibition history


    2004-2005 17 Oct-13 Mar, California, Bowers Museum, 'Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality'

  • Condition

    Complete; slight cracks running below the feet of the embracing couple, with a second crack around their heads and a third across the centre; minor chip to the left edge of the same piece. NB Very low-fired: easily cracked and chipped.

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  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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  • Additional IDs

    • EPH-ME.215 (Previous ME dept registration number)


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