A Finely Engraved & Pierced Mother of Pearl Mounted On Olivewood & Glazed Diorama Depicting The Resurrection Of Jesus, Stamped with The Maker Stamp Youseph (Yusef) Sourby (Zogbi), The Holy Lands, Bethlehem, Circa 1940s AD.

Identification Number: 496


The subject of the resurrection of Jesus is a very popular subject and can be found in various works of arts done in the Holy lands including the beautiful works of Arts of the Diorama making from mainly wood and mother of pearl made in Bethlehem.

In this Diorama, we can see the depiction of the resurrection of Jesus, beautifully decorated with carved flying winged angels surrounding Jesus Christ in Havens, people mourning the death and disappearance of Jesus body including the presence of the bewildered Roman soldiers who had witnessed the vanishing body of Jesus Christ from his tomb.


Excellent condition.

The height is 42 cm
The width of both the base and top frame is 29 cm
The depth is 8 cm.


El Arte Palestino De Tallar El Nacar, by Enrique Jidi Daccarett, Karen David Dacccarett & Martha Lizcano Angarita (The Palestinian Art of Mother-of-Pearl Carving).

For related framed boxes (Dioramas) made by the Master Youseph (Yusef) (Zogbi) please see the following:-

Please see the Diorama made for the Turkish president Ismet Inonuno (Inonu) dated 1939, Ismet served as the Turkish president from 1938-1950.
Another Diorama made for the King Faruk of Egypt, lot 18 illustrated on page 46.
For another Diorama please see lot no. 22 page 47.
For another magnificent dated Diorama 1925 AD.
Please see lot no. 40 page 52.
For another magnificent example commissioned for Salomon Saffie. Please see lot no. 49 page 59.

For another similar but rather large diorama made in 1950 depicting the resurrection of Jesus and a photograph of the master Youseph Zogbi standing next to his work please see the illustration no. 82 page 78.

For another almost identical Diorama depicting the resurrection of Jesus please see,
Pilgrim Treasures Byzantium Jerusalem From the Hermitage Waanders Publishers, Zwolle, the exhibition was held in the city of Amsterdam-the Netherlands, 2005 ISBN: 90 400 9128 5.
Please see Lot 166 page 18.