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Graven Images: Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Grave Stone
A spirited view of a somber subject, this book is a treasury of Jewish history, legend and lore. Over 200 photographs offer a look at the graven images that have traditionally decorated Jewish tombstones in Europe.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 9th 1993 by ABRAMS
(first published March 1993)
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What an indispensable little book this is! It collects 240 full-color photographs of motifs on Jewish gravestones, breaking them down into family symbols, workman's tools, Talmudic references, etc. Like an encyclopedia, it defines each symbol, gives a reference from the Bible or Jewish lore, and remarks on the differences in symbolism from one community to the next. The artistry of tombstone carvers has never, in my experience with cemetery books, been as completely or as beautifully documented ...more