Ceremonial Art

The elaborate decoration on this wedding cup includes fleur-de-lis motif on plate and cup. The lower section of the cup is scalloped. Rows of zigzag are faintly incised above.

Many of the Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe brought woodcarving skills to our shores.

The Torah Pointer has a pendant rocaille cartouche that bears the town hallmark, Frankfurt/Main, and the initials of the silversmith Rotger Herfurth (1722-1776).

Throughout Jewish history, the attitude toward covering the head has varied. In the Middle Ages, many Jews wore hats only during prayer and study.

Three tiered plate enclosed by curtain, surmounted by six figures supporting various forms of vessels for ritual foods within cut out balustrade flanked by perched eagles.

On the festive Jewish holiday of Purim, worshipers fill the temple to hear the rabbi read the megillah (Book of Esther).

These cups are engraved with the monograms "LC" and "MP", for Lore Cohn and Max Pagener. The LC cup was used by Eleanor (Lore) Cohn for Shabbat and holidays.

Footed base, bulbous shape, floral decoration, inscribed Hebrew words on body. Hollow strap handle. Hinged domed lid with inscribed Hebrew word: "Charity," and slot in applique.

Circular base, stepped and domed, leads to short, tapering stem and vase-shaped bowl. Embossed floral decoration on base and bowl; engraved Hebrew lettering in three lines within a cartouche.

Box with floral repoussé recto, chased Magan David verso, chain carrying handle with two swivel hinges, three sets of two decorative medallions suspended on chains from bottom.