Clay. 10 x 51 x 5 cm
The theme of this relief panel was inspired by the Biblical quotation: ‘‘He will hold up a signal to the nations/And assemble the banished of Israel, / And gather the dispersed of Judah/From the four corners of the earth.” [Isaiah 11:12]. The fusion of the miniature with the large scale composition exudes a tremendous energy. The floating figure of the Messiah, carries the Jewish people to the Holy Land. They are depicted in minuscule bas-relief. On the top right are the Chassidic Jews who were only allowed to enter the Holy Land in His company. On the bottom right are the Yemenites and the Far-Eastern Jews in their characteristic dress. On the top left the Eastern European Jews appear in their traditional costumes and on the bottom left the Jews of western Europe are portrayed. Each figure is individually conceived. The work is entirely original, based on the biblical text without an iconographic prototype. The floating pose of the Messiah reminds of the fusion of melody and rhythm in the Chassidic dance.