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Elijah’s Cup

Elijah’s Cup

Elijah’s Cup

Silver, repoussé, engraved, stamped, and partly gilt; cut silver sheet

H: 43; Diam: 8.5-16.5 cm

Gift of Alberto di Castro, Rome

Accession number:

B66.06.0750

133/143

Jewish Art and Life

The Jewish silversmith Pacifico Levi was active in Turin, in the district of Piedmont. Jews in this area had received special permission from the king to work as silversmiths, an occupation that was off-limits to most Jews in Italy and in Europe as a whole until they achieved emancipation. Levi worked for both Jews and Christians, and the goblets he made, such as the one displayed here, therefore did not bear identifying Jewish signs, so that they would be suitable for both Jewish and Christian ceremonies as well as for daily use.