Elijah's Chair

by Ze'ev Raban 1916-1925

Elijah’s Chair
Combined workshops of the Bezalel School, Jerusalem, 1925
Design: Ze’ev Raban
Walnut wood, leather, woolen carpet, embroidery on silk and velvet, ivory, shell, silver filigree, enamel, and brass
Gift of Yossi Benyaminoff, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
During the Jewish circumcision ceremony, the godfather sits on Elijah’s Chair to receive the baby; on its own, the chair symbolizes the hope for redemption, since the prophet Elijah is supposed to announce the coming of the messiah. This Elijah’s Chair is one of the most elaborate works ever produced by the Bezalel School.