Photo © IMJ, by Max Richardson
Pappenheim set of Torah ornaments: finials, shield, and pointer
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
1904
Silversmith: Jacob Posen
Gilt silver, repoussé, cast, engraved, niello, and enamel; lapis lazuli, semiprecious stones, and silk
Pointer: L: 24; Diam: 2 cm
Finials: H: 17; Diam: 12 cm
Shield: L: 18.5; W: 15; Th: 0.8 cm
Purchase, Ari Ackerman Foundation; Moshe and Charlotte Green, New York; the estate of Meir Kaufman, Jerusalem; Erica and Ludwig Jesselson, New York; and anonymous donors from Switzerland and South Africa
Accession number: B90.0138, B90.0139(a-b), B90.0140 ; 149/266, 147/342(a-b), 148/293
 
 
This lavish set of Torah ornaments was ordered as a wedding gift for her brother by Vienna-born Bertha Pappenheim (immortalized as “Anna O.” in the first psychoanalytic case study), who became a pioneering feminist and social worker in Frankfurt. The set was manufactured by the renowned firm of silver- and goldsmiths founded in 1834 by R. Lazarus Eliezer Posen, which became particularly successful under the guidance of his widow, Brendina. The Moorish style of the pieces recalls the type of synagogue architecture that developed in 19th-century Europe.

Publications:
Fishof, Iris, ed., Jewish Art Masterpieces from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., Southport, CN, 1994, English

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir