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Jewish Art
Glass for a burial society’s annual banquet
Prague, Bohemia
1713
Jewish Art
Marriage contract (ketubbah) with depiction of the groom offering his bride wine at the Yihud ceremony
Sana'a (K'aa Bir El'azab quarter), Yemen
1794
Jewish Art
Amulet case adorned with menorah, censer, Tablets of the Law, and incense altar
Italy
18th century
Jewish Art
Plaque for a synagogue memorial lamp
Rissani, Tafilalet, Morocco
Early 20th century
Jewish Art
Alms box of the burial society
Ottoman Empire
Dedicated 1882
Jewish Art
Alms box of the burial society
Austria
Dedicated 1843
Jewish Art
Goblet for the Schwabach Burial Society banquet
Artist: Johann Conrad Weiss
Nuremberg, Germany
ca. 1700
Jewish Art
Burial society plaque with depiction of the preparations for burial
Rome, Italy
1801
Jewish Art
Papercut – blessing for a wedding
Turkey
Late 19th – early 20th century
Jewish Life
Sequined wedding shawl from Bukhara and Afghanistan
Uzbekistan
Early 20th century
Jewish Life
Lulwi dress for a woman after childbirth (also used as burial shrouds)
Sana'a, Yemen
Late 19th century
Jewish Life
“Tomb“ bracelets (gubur) to be worn by a woman after childbirth and for festive occasions
Sana'a, Yemen
Early 20th century
Jewish Life
The Yemenite woman after childbirth

Jewish Art
Sword amulet inscribed with names of angels
Iran
19th century
Jewish Art
Amulet for mother and newborn with image of Lilith in the center
Iran
19th century
Jewish Art
Amulet for mother and newborn with the names of Lilith and the three angels
Germany
19th century
Jewish Art
Amulet for a new mother with depiction of the confrontation between Elijah and Lilith
Sulzbach (?), Germany
18th century
Jewish Art
Amulet for mother and newborn with image of Lilith in the center
Iran
18th century
Jewish Art
Outfit for circumcision ceremony
Germany
1772
Jewish Art
Salver for carrying the baby during the pidyon ha-ben (redemption of the firstborn) ceremony
Galicia
19th century
Jewish Art
Elijah's Chair for a circumcision ceremony
Dermbach, Germany
Before 1768
Jewish Life
Bridal veil, also used for circumcision and pidyon ha-ben ceremonies
Georgia
Early 20th century
Jewish Art
Circumcision set: flask for disinfectant powder and knife
Prague, Bohemia
1681
Jewish Art
Circumcision knife with a representation of the Binding of Isaac
Italy
17th century
Jewish Art
Pair of goblets for circumcision
Vienna, Austria
1707
Jewish Art
Double beaker for circumcision
Hall, Tirol, Austria
1827
Jewish Art
Circumcision knives
Livorno (?), Italy
Mid-19th century
Jewish Art
Circumcision clamp
Iran
18th century
Jewish Art
Box for circumcision implements with a depiction of a circumcision on the front
Germany
18th century
Jewish Art
Torah binder (wimpel)
Germany
1777
Jewish Life
Outfit with miniature prayer shawl (tallit) for baby's circumcision, as an added sign of Jewish identity
Istanbul, Turkey
Late 19th century
Jewish Life
Dress for a girl's naming ceremony
Artist: Ita Aber, American, born Montreal 1932
USA
1980
Jewish Art
Medallion for a firstborn son not redeemed at the proper time
Ioannina, Greece
1859
Jewish Life
Coins for the pidyon ha-ben (redemption of the firstborn) ceremony
Spain
1875, 1877, 1888, 1898
Jewish Art
Pair of phylacteries (tefillin) cases
Central Europe
18th–19th century
Jewish Art
Torah portion for phylacteries (tefillin)
Europe
19th century
Jewish Art
Prayer shawl (tallit) and phylacteries (tefillin) case for Bar Mitzvah
Silversmith: Salomon Slama
Algiers, Algeria
Before 1939
Jewish Art
Prayer shawl (tallit) bag for a boy (skara detzitzit)
Morocco
Early 20th century
Jewish Life
Dress for a Bat Mitzvah ceremony
Rome, Italy
1964
Jewish Art
Torah ark curtain for Yom Kippur, incorporating bride’s skirt
Cochin, India
1912
Jewish Art
Torah ark curtain (parokhet) made from dowry items
Izmir, Turkey
Dedicated 1907
Jewish Life
Corner for the consummation of the marriage (gnune

Jewish Life
Curtain with Tree-of-Life motif
Herat, Afghanistan
1960s
Jewish Life
Sugar bowl (kase nabat)
Reconstructed according to the Afghani tradition, Jerusalem, 1997, by Esther Bezalel

Jewish Life
Necklace (ogadéro)
Izmir, Turkey
Late 19th century
Jewish Life
Bracelets (mania de ĉatón)
Izmir, Turkey
Late 19th century
Jewish Life
Jewelry box for a bride
Algeria
19th century
Jewish Art
Jewelry box with wedding scenes
Artist: Ilya Schor, born Poland, active in France and USA, 1904–1961
New York
1958
Jewish Art
Jewelry box given as a gift to the bride
Nuremberg, Germany
Before 1540
Jewish Life
Pendant
Poland
Late 19th century
Jewish Art
Sabbath candlesticks
Lvov, Poland
18th century
Jewish Art
Book cover for a prayer book, gift for a woman
Italy
15th century
Jewish Art
Miniature Passover Haggadah
Scribe and illuminator: Meshullam Zimmel ben Moshe of Polna (Bohemia)
Vienna
1721
Jewish Life
Vanity set for a bride
Tripoli, Libya
Mid-20th century
Jewish Life
Shoes for a bride
Fez, Morocco
1950s
Jewish Life
Festive "great" leggings
Sana'a, Yemen
Early 20th century
Jewish Life
Slippers for a bride
Dagestan, Caucasus
First half of the 20th century
Jewish Life
Pocket watch
Turkey
First half of the 20th century
Jewish Life
Shtreimel hat for a Hasidic groom
Israel
1968
Jewish Life
Married woman's pendant (tali mala)
Parur, Cochin region, India
Mid-20th century
Jewish Art
Four corners for a prayer shawl (tallit) and case, a gift for a groom
Herat, Afghanistan
Early 20th century
Jewish Art
Esther scroll and silver case decorated with scences from the scroll story
Germany
19th century
Jewish Life
Jewelry set
Posen, Germany (Poznan, Poland)
19th century
Jewish Art
Marriage contract (ketubbah)
Artist: Shalom Italia
Rotterdam, Netherlands
1648
Jewish Art
Marriage contract (ketubbah)
Essaouira (Mogador), Morocco
1848
Jewish Art
Marriage contract (ketubbah)
Corfu, Greece
1819
Jewish Art
Marriage contract (ketubbah) with a pair of lions, a Persian national emblem
Isfahan, Persia
1860
Jewish Art
Marriage contract (ketubbah)
Sena, Iran
1908
Jewish Art
Marriage contract (ketubbah) with coat of arms of the couple's families
Ferrara, Italy
1731
Jewish Art
Marriage contract (ketubbah) with pointed base characteristic of Roman ketubbot
Rome, Italy
1627
Jewish Art
Marriage contract (ketubbah) with depictions of birds
Ernakulam, Cochin, India
1909
Jewish Art
Bridal set:
Cochin, India
20th century
Jewish Life
Groom's attire
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Late 19th – early 20th century
Jewish Life
Bridal costume influenced by the European style
Baghdad, Iraq
1904
Jewish Art
Sivlonot belt
Germany
16th century (?)
Jewish Art
Sivlonot belt
Germany
17th century
Jewish Art
Sivlonot belt
Frankfurt, Germany

Jewish Art
Huppah stone (Traustein)
Bingen, Germany
1700
Jewish Life
Wedding ring
Izmir, Turkey
1905
Jewish Art
Wedding ring surmounted by a symbolic structure in the form of a house
Northern Italy (?)
15th century (?)
Jewish Art
Wedding ring surmounted by a symbolic structure in the form of a house
Italy
17th century
Jewish Art
Wedding ring surmounted by a symbolic structure in the form of a house
Italy
17th century
Jewish Art
Wedding ring surmounted by a symbolic structure in the form of a house
Italy
18th century
Jewish Art
Wedding ring surmounted by a symbolic structure in the form of a house
Austria
19th century (?)
Jewish Life
Wedding ring
Europe
1910
Jewish Life
Wedding rings (to be worn around the neck)
Ethiopia
Second half of the 20th century
Jewish Life
Wedding ring
Cochin, India
Mid-20th century
Jewish Life
Robe from a woman's set of shrouds
Tétouan, Morocco
ca. 1950
Jewish Life
“The Great Dress“ (l-kesiwa l-kebira; berberisca)
Tétouan, Morocco
Late 19th century
Jewish Life
Cap from a woman's burial shroud set
Germany
Early 20th century
Jewish Life
Set of woman’s burial shrouds

Jewish Art
Burial society carriage
Szarvas, Hungary
19th century
Jewish Art
Burial society book including prayers, instructions for patients and their visitors, confession, and psalms
Mannheim, Germany
Dedicated 1804
Jewish Art
Burial society plaque depicting the cleansing of the deceased
Northern Italy
1776
Jewish Art
Mortuary comb
Moravia
1736
Jewish Art
Alms box of women's burial society
Altona, Germany
1854
Jewish Art
Alms box of society for visiting the sick
Reggio, Italy
1830
Jewish Art
Sabbath and memorial lamp for a woman
Morocco
19th century
Jewish Art
Sabbath and memorial lamp for a woman
Meknès, Morocco
19th century
Jewish Life
Memorial lamp for a man
Morocco
Early 20th century
Jewish Art
Memorial lamp for the synagogue
Turkey

Jewish Art
Memorial lamp for the synagogue
Syria
Dedicated 1904
Jewish Art
Memorial lamp for the synagogue
Izmir, Turkey
1917
Jewish Art
Dedication plaque for a memorial lamp
Italy
1833
Jewish Art
Dedication plaque for a memorial lamp
Italy
First half of the 19th century
Jewish Art
Tombstone
Poland
1936
Jewish Art
“Memento Mori“ paper cut
Germany or Poland
19th century