Jerusalem Raised Relief 7-inch Globe
Jerusalem: c. 1980s to 1990s
Silver clad globe marked “925”
On ebonized wooden base
10 inches high, overall; 9 x 9 inches, base
A raised relief sterling silver clad globe representing the city of Jerusalem. It is raised on a revolving ebonized rectangular wooden base that allows it to be turned 360 degrees, ending in four gilt metal feet. The lower portion of the globe principally illustrates the walls and gates of the Old City. The upper portion depicts numerous landmarks, including Montefiore’s Windmill, the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The offered globe is by an anonymous artist, apparently inspired by the Jerusalem Fountain, a large work centered by a similar globe, produced by the Israeli artist Frank Meisler (born c. 1930) for the lobby of the King Solomon Hotel in Jerusalem. Meisler explained that he chose a spherical shape to represent “the city walls and gates and the buildings culminating with the Temple Mount [and that the] concept derives from ancient maps showing Jerusalem as a circular city in the center of a flat world.”
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light wear. Apparently formerly with gilt highlights, now considerably worn. Stand very good. The globe is apparently made of a thin sheet of silver over a heavy material. It is marked “925” which denotes sterling silver.