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Moses, Aaron, and Hur, 1949
The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk
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[USHMM #93834/Anne and Ronald Abramson, Washington, D.C.
Original materials: Watercolor, gouache, graphite, and ink on board;
Original dimensions: 7 1/16" x 11 1/16" ]

Moses, Aaron, and Hur, 1949
Szyk's final depiction of Moses, Aaron, and Hur appeared in this design for an Israeli postage stamp. This triumvirate symbolized not only temporal and spiritual authority in the new state, but also the nation's need to defend itself against Amalek, the Jews' ancient and perennial enemy, who appears in every generation. With his arms raised high, Moses stands as the guarantee of final victory.


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