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16. Seal of Jechiel Son of Menachem Chaim

*Yehiyel bar Menahem Haim

Dimensions: 18 mm. Matrix.

Location: French National Library, Paris, Medal Room, Sclumberger Legacy, No. 1080.

Bibliography: Longpérier, 1872a, 1872b; Schlumberger and Blanchet, 1914, No. 680; Blumenkranz, 1965–66, No. 2, 23 (6); Bedos, 1980b, No. 2, 23 (6).

This small seal, in the collection of J. Charvet more than a century ago, was first described by Adrien de Longpérier.* In the field a bird is walking left within a circle. Because of its general style and the form of the letters of the inscription, Longpérier believed that the seal dated from the thirteenth century or possibly early fourteenth. The matrix was acquired by Gustave Schlumberger and willed to the French National Library. Schlumberger described it as a dove carrying a branch.

We may assume that Chaim is a surname if the seal comes from southern France, an area largely Sephardic (we know, for example, of an Abraham ben Isaac Chaim of Carcassonne). However, on such seals from the Midi there is usually a vernacular legend, that is, another inscription in Latin or Provençal letters, so the question is open.


*Longpérier, curator of antiquities at the Louvre, was a Christian scholar who wrote extensively on Jewish medieval seals, particularly those from the south of France. In a published report of 1873, he said that he had already spent more than fifteen years tracking down various French Jewish medieval seals.

*Longpérier, curator of antiquities at the Louvre, was a Christian scholar who wrote extensively on Jewish medieval seals, particularly those from the south of France. In a published report of 1873, he said that he had already spent more than fifteen years tracking down various French Jewish medieval seals.

This small seal, in the collection of J. Charvet more than a century ago, was first described by Adrien de Longpérier.* In the field a bird is walking left within a circle. Because of its general style and the form of the letters of the inscription, Longpérier believed that the seal dated from the thirteenth century or possibly early fourteenth. The matrix was acquired by Gustave Schlumberger and willed to the French National Library. Schlumberger described it as a dove carrying a branch.

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ISBN
9780814344859
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OCLC
1055142843
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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