Usually, I've seen hands in the position of nesiyat kapayim to represent Kohanim and a laver to represent other members of Shevet Levi. These are fairly common imagery.

My question is whether Chazal or the Rishonim discuss visual symbols which would serve as a shorthand for Leviyim and Kohanim, as Levi is the only tribe without a banner described in the Torah (Bamidbar 10). If so, where are they found and what are they?

  • Hmm, what makes you think Chazal would discuss visual symbols for Leviim and Kohanim? It was my impression that these symbols generally are found on gravestones - and definitely not gravestones from Zman Chazal. Where else would these symbols come up? – ezra Aug 28 '17 at 17:27
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    @ezra, I didn't write up a complex question, because I was using my iPhone, however every other shevet has an insignia on its flag (see Bamidbar 10 in Beha'alotcha). I figure that Chaza"l or the Rishonim would fill in the blanks, even if only unofficially. – Noach MiFrankfurt Aug 28 '17 at 22:47

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