Sabbath and festival kiddush cup
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Gold, repoussé and engraved
Hebrew inscription mentioning the donor of this Kiddush cup, Michael, son of Rabbi I. Speyer; a verse from Exodus [28:29]; and the date of the donation.
H: 15.2; Diam: 9.5 cm
Received through JCR (Jewish Cultural Reconstruction)
Accession number: B52.09.5240
Several biblical scenes are engraved on this magnificent golden cup: Jacob’s struggle with the angel, Jacob’s dream, and the binding of Isaac. The goblet was used for Kiddush (a ritual sanctification of the Sabbath over wine) in the home of the Speyers, a wealthy family in the Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt. It belonged to Michael Isaac Speyer, one of the leaders of the local Jewish community, who bequeathed it to the synagogue upon his death in 1764.
From the Israel Museum publications:
Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006
Provenance Research Online: World War II Looted Cultural Treasures, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Beauty of Sanctity: Masterworks from Every Age, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Spertus Gallery, 29/03/2005 - 12/11/2005
Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir