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62. Seal of Jochebed

[—] Beshem Yokebed

[—] In the Name of Jochebed

Dimensions: ca. 19 × 13 mm. (from the line drawing).

Location: unknown.

Bibliography: Cantera y Burgos and Millás Vallicrosa, 1956, No. 259.

Excavations made in the Jewish burying ground of Teruel in the hills to the north of the city in 1926 produced three seal rings.* This city in the south of Aragon was an important Jewish center, and these rings would have been of historical value. Unfortunately, they remained the property of the owner of the land on which they were discovered and were lost during the Spanish Civil War. We can only describe them from the records and from drawings made when they were found.

The tombs at Teruel date from the thirteenth through the fifteenth century, which thus presumably dates the rings. The first seal ring described by Cantera y Burgos and Millás Vallicrosa weighed eleven grams and was of gold, the oval bezel being engraved with a lily flower in the center, with the Hebrew letters around it. The bezel face, shown here in the 1926 drawing, which leaves much to be desired, was tentatively read as engraved with three words. The first word is uncertain while the other two seem to be as transcribed here.


*Cantera y Burgos and Millás Vallicrosa mention four rings in this category, but the fourth, No. 262 in their classification, is a silver ring with the Hebrew inscription going round the entire band, and therefore technically not a signet ring.

*Cantera y Burgos and Millás Vallicrosa mention four rings in this category, but the fourth, No. 262 in their classification, is a silver ring with the Hebrew inscription going round the entire band, and therefore technically not a signet ring.

Excavations made in the Jewish burying ground of Teruel in the hills to the north of the city in 1926 produced three seal rings.* This city in the south of Aragon was an important Jewish center, and these rings would have been of historical value. Unfortunately, they remained the property of the owner of the land on which they were discovered and were lost during the Spanish Civil War. We can only describe them from the records and from drawings made when they were found.

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