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Albert Dov Sigal watercolor sketch of a woman in a headdress and gown attended by servants offering gifts to a king with a scepter

Object | Accession Number: 1992.113.8

Watercolor sketch created by Albert Dov Sigal when he lived in Israel from 1948-1958. It depicts the Queen of Sheba presenting her gifts to King Solomon who stands on an orange stepped platform, holding his scepter in one hand and reaching out with his other. 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
Sheba and Solomon
Date
1948-1958  (creation)
Geography
creation : Israel
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
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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