Moshe Ziffer

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Allegory of the Sciences, Moshe Ziffer

Moshe Ziffer (Hebrew: משה ציפר‎‎; 24 April 1902 – 9 April 1989) was an Israeli artist and sculptor.


Moshe Ziffer was born in 1902 in Przemyśl, Austria-Hungary. He immigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1919. In 1924–33, he studied sculpture in Vienna, Berlin and Paris. Stone sculptures by Ziffer are on display at the campuses of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ziffer bequeathed his sculpture garden in Safed to the Safed Municipality. He left his home in Tel Aviv and many of his sculptures to Tel Aviv University.

Ziffer died in 1989 in Tel Aviv.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Albert Einstein said of Ziffer:"Du bist ein Ziffer und ich bin Ein stein aber du arbeitest mit stein und ich arbeite mit ziffern" ("You are a figure (ziffer—figure, digit, number) and I am a stone (ein stein) but you work with stone and I work with figures"). Einstein also described his work as "simple and noble as the man who created it."

In 1947–48, Ziffer was awarded the Dizengoff Prize in Sculpture,[1] for his design of a wall at Haganah House, Tel Aviv.

Environmental sculptures[edit]

Portrait busts[edit]

Ziffer sculpted busts of Albert Einstein, David Ben-Gurion and Chaim Weizmann.


  1. ^ "List of Dizengoff Prize laureates" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv Municipality. 

Further reading[edit]

Ziffer, Moshe; with Jonel Jianou, Arted, Paris, France ISBN 2-85067-056-1
Tal, Miriam (text).—Ziffer Sculpture Garden Artists Colony Safad, United Artists, Tel Aviv, 1972.

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