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Could you evaluate two items. The purple velvet banner,

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Hi Could you evaluate two items. The purple velvet banner, measures 14x19, and the wooden plaque that measures 7x11. THanks.
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Is the wooden plaque flat or is it more box like?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
its about .5 inches high

That's still fairly flat though. I was wondering if it was like a box, or if it just has the illusion of looking like it's a more dimensional piece. Thanks!

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Its not a box, though it does have a 3d effect because the people are a separate piece above the rest of the picture.

That's what I was thinking. =)

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Hi.

On your banner, that's a wall hanging. My Hebrew is almost non-existent, so there's no translation for it, but these are typically embroidered with blessings, prayers, etc. It's a wall hanging designed by Nili Sverdlov for Kuzari workshop in Jerusalem. It dates to the later half of the 20th century. It's hand-embroidered on velvet. Most of these were sold as tourist pieces. I found a handful of different designs ranging from wall hangings to matzah covers, etc. all designed by Sverdlov.

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The prices don't run extremely high, but it does have a great design. It's one of the more ornate I've seen. Given that it should be worth about $35 to $45.

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The 2nd piece is an Olive wood hand carved sculpture. It's wood block carving depicting the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem. It's bit like Intarsia art, which is a wood technique that uses various woods to create a sort of mosaic.

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I found a few. Some are just the wall, others have the praying figures like yours, and some others even have a figure in the forefront.

https://imgur.com/a/0bzw7

The technique is really cool because it showcases an interesting perspective of the wall and then the dimensional quality of the praying figures gives it an extra quality.

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These date to about the 1950s/1960s. There were made any number of artisans and sold as religious souvenirs. Each one I found had different signatures and some even had stickers from the shops that sold them. That tells me there was probably more than a handful of artisans that made these as neat souvenir art people could bring home.

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The condition looks great and given the size it should be worth about $50 to $60.

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If you have any questions, please let me know.

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