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Albert Dov Sigal woodcut richly colored in white and golden browns featuring a woman in a heavy white robe presenting gifts to a king

Object | Accession Number: 1992.113.4

Woodcut created by Albert Dov Sigal in 1964 depicting a densely colored image of the Queen of Sheba, covered with a long white robe and veil, with attendants presenting gifts to King Solomon, who stands on a red raised platform. In 1939, Sigal was arrested by the fascist, antisemitic Romanian government and assigned to a forced labor battalion that repaired and built roads and railways. He started an underground art school with a group of friends and was active in the Romanian resistance. On December 27, 1947, he and his family sailed from Burgas, Bulgaria, towards Palestine aboard the Aliyah Bet illegal immigrant ship, Pan York. Palestine was ruled by the British under a United Nations mandate and the postwar immigration policy was very restrictive. Ships attempting to bring unauthorized refugees to the country were stopped and the passengers were interned. Sigal, his wife, Rozi, and their young son, Daniel, were imprisoned in a detention camp on Cyprus on December 31, 1947. Because his son was only 18 months old, Sigal and his family were permitted to enter Palestine on February 22, 1948. On May 14, the state of Israel was established and, within six months, all the refugees on Cyprus were welcomed into the Jewish homeland.

Artwork Title
Queen Sheba in Front of Solomon
Date
1964  (creation)
Geography
creation : New York (N.Y.)
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Object Type
Wood-engraving (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rose Sigal Ibsen, In memory of my husband, Joseph P. Ibsen.
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:52
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