Seven Species Copper Wall Hanging
Seven individual yet interconnected squares, each one depicting one of the seven species with which the Land of Israel was blessed: a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey.
Each species brings a different blessing. Wheat expresses wisdom and knowledge; the spiritual and intelligent side of a person. Barley expresses matter, which in turn provides animal feed, an important element for human existence. The grape vine expresses gladness for a life full of joyous occasions: birth, marriage, holidays. The fig is the symbol of the Torah, to live a life of good deeds and consequence, and continuous learning: like the fig that grows slowly, today we learn a little, tomorrow a great deal more, and all cannot be learned in a year or two. The pomegranate, with its many seeds, symbolizes plenty and beauty and fertility, and the olive is a symbol of a blessed and happy family life and the olive branch has come to symbolize hope and peace. The date symbolizes a good and sweet life. Made with love and signed by artist Ahuva Elany.
Materials: Copper, enamel, and Swarovski crystals
Size: regular – 22″ x 4 1/4″; each piece 2 3/4″ square
medium – 28″ x 5″; each piece 3 1/4″ square
Meet the Artist: Ahuva Elany
Ahuva Elany, an Israeli artist, is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Her designs are crafted from thick sheets of copper and the colors reflect copper's natural shades.
Each of Ahuva's pieces are handmade and unique in design and material. "Love, soul, enchantment and good energy are the ingredients of my creations. Israel and the Jewish tradition are the source of my inspiration; I love this country and am proud to be part of it. My creations are handmade, they are the result of much thought, many hours of work and joy."