Painted Sukkah Boards
late 19th or early 20th century
Oil on fabric, later glued on board
H: 174.5; W: 56.5 cm (each)
Accession number: B09.0683-92 ; 177/037-177/045
Seven of the nine boards feature the figures of the Ushpizin in contexts with which they are associated. The others depict Temple implements: the seven-branched candelabrum and the Levites’ washing basin. These two boards may have been added to the series in the belief that the Ushpizin will be present at the advent of the Messiah and the construction of the Third Temple.
Sarfati, Rachel, A Movable Feast: Sukkahs from Around the World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2003, English / Hebrew
Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir