Print of Model - King Solomonís Temple circa (1693-1698)

 Built by Gerhard Schott (1641-1702)

Gerhard Schott (1641-1702) reportedly built his model of King Solomonís Temple circa 1693-1698 as a presentation for Christian Heinrich Postelís opera concerning the templeís destruction by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II in 587 BCE. In Hamburg, it sat in a special room behind the theater-- although there is a debate as to whether or ...not it was used in the production of the opera. The model was 13 feet high (4.0 m) and 80 feet around (24 m). It was sold in 1725, but was exhibited in London as early as 1723, and then temporarily displayed at the London Royal Exchange from 1729Ė1730, where it could be viewed for half a crown.
This print of Schottís model is of paper and canvas and is likely a souvenir from the modelís tour of London (circa 1723-1730). Its importance to Freemasons, other than being simply a representation of what has been long employed in Masonic ritual, is to be found in the Templeís popularity of that time, and also the eraís leading thinkersí fascination with it as a source of some theretofore undiscovered gnosis. Its devotees included the famed physicist Isaac Newton (who, amongst other very remarkable abilities, considered himself chosen by God for understanding biblical scripture) and Dr. Theophilus Desagulliers, one of the framers of the premier Grand Lodge in London, was a good friend of Newton and likely was one of those who advocated the Templeís use in Masonic ritual, or who certainly did not object to it being introduced. It should be pointed out that in the early 18th century the Temple mythos was just creeping into Masonic ritual, and, thus, this print of Schottís temple points to what is perhaps the primary era of development for what is now enjoyed as ancient tradition in Masonic allegory.

Detail of Schott's model of Solomon's temple, circa 1723-1729. Image depicts the Sanctum Sanctorum with the Cherubim guarding the Ark of the Covenant.

Detail of Schott's model of Solomon's temple, circa 1723-1729. Image depicts the tabernacle of the Hebrews.

Detail of Schott's model of Solomon's temple, circa 1723-1729. Image depicts Solomon being filled with divine knowledge.

Detail of Schott's model of Solomon's temple, circa 1723-1729. Image depicts the Council of Sanhedrin.

 

Detail of Schott's model of Solomon's temple, circa 1723-1729. Image depicts the inside of the Tabernacle with its holy vessels.

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