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Spiceboxes from Southern Germany: A Jewish-Christian Encounter

February 26, 2004-January 29, 2005
Location: Judith and William Margulies Exhibition Gallery
Curator: Curator in Charge: Daisy Raccah-Djivre, Exhibition Curator: Sharon Weiser-Ferguson, and Guest Curator: Dr. Gabriele Holthuis, Director of the Schw?bisch Gm?nd Museum, Germany
Media: Filigree work with glass stones and enamel plaques
Unique spiceboxes used in the havdalah ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath. Assembled from collections all over the world, the items on view - seven out of only eight extant spiceboxes of this kind - were made in the town of Schwäbisch Gmünd in the 18th century using a special technique that combines filigree work with glass stones and enamel plaques featuring biblical scenes. Their fascinating story affords a glimpse into the relationship between the local Christian silversmiths and the Jewish population that was forced to live outside the walls of the city.