A World Famous Mezuzah, a unique artifact , is to enter into the collection of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy (Moscow)
A World Famous Mezuzah, a unique artifact executed by a famous Israeli calligrapher Avraham Borshevsky, is to enter into the collection of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy (Moscow).
A mezuzah is a sacred scroll of parchment, inscribed with two excerpts from the Pentateuch, beginning with the phrase “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is One” in pursuance of one of the 613 Torah’s commandments in accordance with the sacred calligraphy canons.
The rolled manuscript is placed in a decorative case, which is affixed to the right side of the doorframe in every Jewish home. Thus a mezuzah is the most widespread manuscript in the world with a long history of over 3000 years.
This sacred artifact was already recognized as a chef d’oeuvre of national calligraphy by the Israeli leading spiritual and academic authorities and has become the only work of contemporary calligraphy listed in the Guinness Book of Records. But until today in Russia this artefact has never been exhibited from Jerusalem. The presentation is scheduled on October 14th, 2009 in honour of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy 1st anniversary since its foundation.
Among the people invited to the event are government officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps, heads of cultural institutions, representatives of the Israeli cultural center in Moscow, Russian famous calligraphers and members of the press.
Muscovites and the guests of the capital will see the World Famous Mezuzah and other new manuscripts at the world’s largest exhibition of calligraphy, which is to take place in Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre from October 14th to November 14th, 2009. Within the framework of the exhibition from over thirty countries, such as: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Israel, USA, Japan, China, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Brazil, etc.
Source: Antikvarnoe Obozrenie (Antique Survey) Magazine (www.antiqoboz.ru)