The Seventy Names of Israel
The “70 Names of Israel” limited edition papercut, by Jerusalem artist Archie Granot, was created from the original hand cut papercut cites all of the seventy names of the people of Israel as found in the Midrash Zuta Shir HaShirim – one of the Rabbinical interpretations on the Song of Songs. It is not surprising that the chosen people have received as many seventy evocative names, especially as this number appears so often in Jewish mystical thought and computations.
Midrash Zuta 1:1. “In parallel to the seventy (kinsfolk) who accompanied Jacob into Egypt and in parallel to the the seventy languages (spoken by the seventy nations of the world), seventy names were given (as protection) to the people of Israel; as well as to Jerusalem, the Torah and to the Almighty”. They are:
The translated names are as follows: Israel, Jeshurun, First born, Youth, Gentle, Unique, Child, Brother, Friend, Beloved, Son, Slave, Nation (in Hebrew: Am), Nation (in Hebrew: Goy), Mother, Daughter, Spouse, Bride, A young wife, Jews, Hebrews, Lion, Leopard, Snake, Gazelle, Wolf, Ox, He-Goat, Vine, Plantation, Locked Garden, Orchard, Well spring, Friend, Redeemed, Sanctified, A Priestly Kingdom, Multitudes, Servants (of the Lord), Godly, Masters, Superior, United, Persons, Tribe, Convocation, Advocates of justice, Palm, Nut, Cluster of grapes, Fig, Pomegranate, Settlement, Amulet, Reed, Dove, Prickly, Sons of the living God, Pupil (of eye), Cow, Insect, Mother, Wise, Heroes, Righteous, Devout, Honest, Kinsman, Peoples, Innocent.
This papercut is framed on a mirror backing. For then, when one looks at the work, one sees oneself as part of the People of Israel.
Limited edition of 450.
Materials: lasercut on mirror
Size: Image Size: 10.25″ x 9.45″
Frame Size: 20 1/4″” x 21.5″
Meet the Artist: Archie Granot
Papercuts are a traditional art form used in many Judaica designs, and Israeli artist Archie Granot is one of the leading papercut artists in the world. His creative papercuts - the ketubah, mizrach, mezuzah, birkat habayit (blessing for the Jewish home) and more - both revive and continue a traditional Jewish art form while innovating against it. Distinguished by multiple layers of paper, Granot produces creative and beautiful papercuts - complex and impressive works, each cut with surgical scalpel - that require a lengthy and intuitive process of creation, a process often hidden beneath the multiple layers of paper. Curves and links are interwoven creating incredible depth, texture and movement. Archie Granot's use of Hebrew inscriptions, hand cut in astonishingly precise calligraphic letters, is an integral part of his papercuts.Learn More