TYPE: Plaque
DIMENSIONS: 10.8 cm x 3 cm
NOTES: Provenance:
Ex Shlomo Gabbay Collection, acquired in Israel during the 1950s and 1960s. See: Noonans’ Coins and Antiquity sale, 18 July 2023, lots 1616-1645, for a biography of Shlomo Gabbay, written by his daughter Ilana.

Shlomo was born in Basra, Iraq, son of Joseph Elias Gabbay (aide-de-camp to King Faisal I and vice-president of the General Assembly of Iraq). After the death of his father in 1927, he emigrated with his mother and siblings to Palestine, where he was educated at the Scottish College in Safed. He served in the British Army during the Mandate, subsequently qualifying as an advocate in law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

After establishing himself as a well-known lawyer in the 1950s, he began to cultivate his interests in archaeology in the 1960s, gradually developing an impressive collection of antiquities including coins, ancient pottery and glass which he acquired through various dealers including Yaakov Meshorer, Moussaiff, and Zadok and Sons. After the Six Day War in 1967, Shlomo frequented the old City of Jerusalem, establishing close links with antique dealers including Abu Eid, Barakat, and Dajani. He developed a particular interest in ancient Judaean and Islamic weights which he passionately researched and studied in detail.

After Shlomo retired in 1975 he moved to England with his wife and daughters. Before leaving Israel he sold his collection of antique pottery and glass, but kept his precious weights collection and coins, most of which were auctioned in the 1980s in Germany. He died in London in 1995.

According to a PMI test on an XRF Analyzer the gold purity tests as 94.64%.
ITEM ID: 5576
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Post Medieval Gold Repoussé Plaque Of Ninth Hour Prayer

A post Medieval gold repoussé plaque, punched from the reverse with approximately 45 words in Ge’ez, (classical Ethiopic based on Armenian), each word separated by : and letters sometimes combined to make words as a single punch, the text being a prayer for the ninth hour of the day, taken from the collection of twenty-four prayers by the Armenian Saint Nerses IV the Gracious, 1102-73, the plaque composed of three parts, each part a replication of the other, with a vertical line dividing each part.By Line transcription and literal translation below:1 ኦዐቃቤ፡ኵሉ፡እግዚኦ፡ሢም፡ዓቃቤ፡2 ለአዐይንተየ፡ፈረሆተከ፡ቀዱሰ፡ከመ፡ኢይረ3 አያ፡ገበረ፡አኩይ፡ወአበሳ፡ወለአእዛንየ፡4 ከመ ፡ ኢይስምዓ ፡ ወኢያሰተሐውዛ ፡ በነገር ፡5 ፀዋግ፡ወነገረ፡ሐሜተ፡ወለአፋየ፡ከመ፡ኢይ6 ተናገር፡ሐሰተ፡ወለልብኒ፡ከመ፡ኢየሐሊ፡7 አኩይ፡ወግብረ፡ከነቱ፡ወለአእዳውየ፡ከመ፡8 ከመ፡ኢይገበራ፡ጌጋየ፡ወለአእገርየ፡ከመ፡ኢየሑ9 ሩ፡በፍኖተ፡ዐመፀ፡ወድፍረተ፡ደእሙ፡ሠ10 ርህ ፡ ኵሉ ፡ ሑሰቶሙ ፡ ከመ ፡ ይኩኑ ፡ በለ11 ርዓተ ፡ ኵሎሙ ፡ ተእዛዛቲከ ፡12 ወተሣሃሎሙ ፡ ለፍጥረትከ ፡ ወሊተኒ ፡ ለኃ11 ጥእ ፡ ዓቢይ ።”Guardian of all Lord place a guardianon my eyes of your holy fear that they donot see an evil act and transgression and on my earsthat they do not hear and do not delight in the deedsinful and the wicked discourses and on my lips that they do not speak falsehood and on my heart that they do not thinkto evil and bad acts and on my hands thatthey do not commit injustice and on my legs that I donot walk in the path of iniquity ratherguide all their movements be in accordancewith all your commandmentsand have mercy upon your creation on mea great sinner”The Armenian poet and theologian Nerses “the Gracious” was born in Cilicia, Turkey. Nerses was entered into a monastery alongside his brother Gregory at Fhoughri to study theology and was ordained as a priest at the age of 17, becoming a bishop at just 35 years of age and then Catholicos of the Armenian church from 1166-73 after the death of his brother.Nerses tried unsuccessfully to bring about a reconciliation between the Armenian and Greek Orthodox churches, and was recognized as a saint for his championship of Church unity. He is celebrated with a feast day on August 13th and by the Armenian Apostolic Church in mid-October.Nerses wrote a number of musical works, poetry and theological works, including his Twenty-four Hour prayers which have been translated into 32 languages. The 850th anniversary of his death is commemorated on a postage stamp issued 20 June 2020 with a face value of 850 Armenian drams. (An example is included here together with a copy of his prayer ‘In Faith I Confess’ translated into four languages). The Vatican is also celebrating the anniversary with a postage stamp (also included).