שִׁוִּיתִי | Shiviti by Mashiah Asgari, circa late 19th – early 20th century Herat, Afghanistan

Image: Shiviti from The Royal Library of Denmark David Simonsen Manuscripts Collection (Restored by Andrew Meit, licensed: CC0))

We are grateful to Andrew Meit for restoring a Shiviti from the Royal Library of Denmark’s Simonsen Manuscripts Collection. The image was slightly adjusted by Aharon Varady. All files including the vector art are shared with a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) Public Domain dedication.

For more information on this particular Shiviti, please visit the Royal Library’s collection. For more information on Shiviti, please read this post by Shmueli Gonzales. To see more Shiviti art shared by the Open Siddur Project, click here.

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1 comment to שִׁוִּיתִי | Shiviti by Mashiah Asgari, circa late 19th – early 20th century Herat, Afghanistan

  • Noam Sienna Noam Sienna

    I’ve known of this wonderful piece for several years, but upon examining it closer recently I realized that the artist actually gave his name and location in a colophon at the bottom! This information is not listed in the online cataloguing data from the Koniglige Bibliothek (I’ve written them to ask to add it) but I thought you’d like to know:
    “The writer is the young singer, Mashiah Asgari, the small, dust beneath the feet of // the sages, resident of Herat, Afghanistan, [indecipherable]…”

    Interestingly, another shiviti by the same scribe was sold by Kedem Auctions in 2013 for $738, see here: https://www.kedem-auctions.com/he/node/9853

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