Auction 031 Part 1 Online Auction – Jewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture
Jul 27, 2021
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Models of the Tabernacle, the Temple and the Temple Mount by Conrad Schick – A Series of Glass Slides and an ...

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Models of the Tabernacle, the Temple and the Temple Mount by Conrad Schick – A Series of Glass Slides and an Information Booklet – The American Colony of Jerusalem
Seven glass slides of photographs depicting models of the Tabernacle, the Temple and the Temple Mount, created by Conrad Schick [photographers of the American Colony, Jerusalem, late 19th century to early 20th century] / a booklet titled "The Story of the Tabernacle and the Temples of Jerusalem as Illustrated by the Famous Dr. Schick Models" Jerusalem-New York: Vester & Company, The American Colony Stores, [1920s].
The slides depict models of the Tabernacle, the Temples, and the Temple Mount, during various periods: • the Tabernacle in the desert. • Solomon's Temple. • Zerubbabel's Temple (the Temple erected following the Return to Zion – the initial structure of the Second Temple). • Herod's Temple. • The Temple Mount during the period of Hadrian. • The Temple Mount during the period of Justinian. • The Temple Mount as it looked in Schik's time.
The booklet introduces the photographs, alongside detailed explanations on the various models and their historical context.
Schck's first model, built in Jerusalem in 1862, was a model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The model was commissioned by the Ottoman authorities, with the purpose of serving as a detailed three-dimensional map that will help determine the ownership division of the Holy Sepulchre – a long-standing dispute between the different Christian denominations who share ownership over the property. In 1872, the Ottoman authorities commissioned Schick to produce models of the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, to be displayed during the Vienna World Exhibition of 1873. From then on, Schick became occupied with building detailed models of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, and the Temples erected on it throughout history. Schick's models had movable parts, allowing one to readjust them and thus visualize the history of the site.
Slides: 8X10 cm. Good condition. Slides captioned in handwriting on paper notes.
Booklet: 31 pp. 23 cm. Good condition. Stains on cover.
Reference: Nikolaos Magouliotis, Miniaturizing monuments: Conrad Schick and his architectural models of the holy sites of Jerusalem. Architecture beyond Europe, 18 | 2021: Entanglements of Architecture and Comfort beyond the Temperate Zone.

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