Puerta de Cielo. Spanish kabbalistic work by Abraham Cohen Herrera.
אין זה אם בית אלהים וזה / שער השמים /
Puerta de Cielo/y lus para entrar en la capacidad/y ynteligencia de la Cabala cuyos/misterior y contemplacion son lhega/dos al Entendimiento umano./Lo compuso y fundo en lengua Espa/ nhola el Docto y Eminente S. Abram Coen de Errera q[ue] la aprendio de su/Maestro Israel Sarruco desipulo/del R. Ishack Luria./Trasladado del original com gran/de cuidade por ordem de Ishack/ de Matatia Aboab, por mano de/su sobrino Semuel de David Curiel/En el anno de la Cria/cion del mundo/5435/en Amsterdam.
Spanish kabbalistic work by Abraham Cohen Herrera. Copied by Samuel de David Curiel. Amsterdam, 1675.
At the end of the book, the Ilan Sefirot chart is showing the structure of the Divine Emanation according to the Kabbalah. In the centre of the drawing the diagram of the Sefirot and between them the symbols of the Sanctuary: eight flying cherubim, the tablets of the Decalogue, the Menorah, the table of the shew bread and the altars. Above the Sefira ‘Keter’ a circle without visible connection with the sefirot below, representing ‘Ein Sof’ (Infinity) and the mystic fountain within. Around the Sefirot an orchard with four trees: vine, apple, palm and olive. Beside their fruit drawings, letter combinations of Kabbalistic divine names. Among the leaves of the apple and the olive trees, symbols of the Zodiac and the seven planets. The whole drawing illustrates the order necessary for the dwelling of the ‘Shekhina’ (Divine Presence) on earth. In the margin an annotation explaining and warning that the drawing is based on the ‘Ilan’ printed by the apostate Philippe d’Aquin (Mordekhai Crescas of Carpentras before his apostasy) whose conception differs from that of the Jewish Kabbalists.
Spanish / Paper / 29,6 x 20,4 cm. / +176 ff. / Current Iberian hand / Title page drawn, coloured and in calligraphic lettering by B. Godines in 1675 / At the end a beautifully executed kabbalistic tree and tables, by the same artist.
Fuks 119. Kaplan 176.