British Museum

This cartoon from the English humor magazine Punch contains the only surviving picture of Shapira. Accompanying the cartoon was a ditty in the form of a conversation between Aaron and Moses (Moses was Shapira’s first name). The second stanza read:

Says Aaron to Moses:
“A manuscript of, say
B.C. 800, is a thing that really ought to pay.
That Moabitish stone has filled
the world with wild “supposes”
How with our “find” it would be thrilled!”
“Ah! wouldn’t it!” says Moses.