The second part of the Conciliador is dedicated to the “most noble, very prudent, and eminent Lords of the Council of the West Indies” – the board members of the Dutch West Indies Company.
Here Menasseh’s ‘pilgrim’ printer's mark appears for the first time, showing a bearded pilgrim on foot, striding out with his rucksack, walking stick and water gourd. The oval frame is inscribed in Portuguese “Apercebido como hu[m] romeiro” - “He appeared as a pilgrim (literally a pilgrim going to Rome).”
Although resonant of the fate of Jewish communities in a period of expulsions, the pilgrim is a peculiar choice of what is essentially Christian imagery. It is suggestive of the Emmaus apparition – Christ appearing to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Yet the figure of the pilgrim had many meanings, and it was capable of Jewish appropriation.
In Salom Italia’s 1642 portrait of Menasseh, the pilgrim appears as the scholar’s coat of arms, with the inscription “Peregrinando quaerimus”, equating wandering with the philosophical quest.