NP: NP. Menorah Tapestry measuring 85 x 66" (7 x 5.5') with embedded hanger - A beautiful rare example of Ben Shahn tapestry art in shagged silk (0.5" warp), soothing to the touch, with gold inleaves and the Ben Shahn codex woven into the tapestry.
Ben Shahn originally designed the menorah motif for the frontispiece of his famous Haggadah, which he began to work on early in his career. He completed eleven drawings, but could not find a publisher willing to print the book as he envisioned it – in color – and gave up the project. Thirty years later, Arnold Fawcus, of Trianon Press in Paris, offered to publish the Haggadah in a facsimile edition. Shahn’s original eleven drawings were, by that time, in the collection of the Jewish Museum in New York. He arranged to borrow them, and added ten new drawings illustrating the Had Gadya song, plus a title page containing elements from his design for our Decalogue Ark, and the Menorah frontispiece.
A very limited edition of tapestries of the Menorah followed, believed to be no more than five. We have been able to identify only one other example, Ben Shahn's own tapestry which he bequeathed to Rabbi Goldburg, who in turn gave it to the Congregation Mishkan Israel in honor of their 135th anniversary in 1975. Very good condition. Item #43422