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Robe from a woman's set of shrouds

Robe from a woman's set of shrouds

Robe from a woman's set of shrouds

Cotton, cotton-cord embroidery

The Zeyde Schulmann Collection in the Israel Museum

Accession number:

B64.12.3993

Jewish Art and Life

Beneath their festive clothes, the bride and groom wore white cotton or linen shrouds that would eventually wrap their bodies after death. These garments, thought to have protective properties, formed part of the dowry and were decorated with the same motifs as the wedding dress. The central motif is a spiral pattern (found as well on Tetuán tombstones), illustrating the cyclical quality of life and human destiny, which have a beginning and an end, but are also infinite.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Juhasz, Esther (ed.), The Jewish Wardrobe from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 5 Continents Editions, Milan and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2012