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Silver Judaica: From the Collection of the Jewish Museum in Prague

by Jaroslav Kuntos Karolinum Press, Charles University
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Pbk 315 pages
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The Jewish Museum in Prague is home to a variety of silver Jewish ritual artifacts, from Kiddush cups, Hanukkah lamps, and Torah decorations, to the dozens of other objects used in observing the commandments. Silver Judaica celebrates this extraordinary collection with full-color illustrations and detailed explanations of each of the museum and rsquo;s nearly five hundred pieces. Jaroslav Kunto and scaron; covers each artifact in painstaking detail, highlighting the design features that indicate a piece and rsquo;s date and place of production. Kunto and scaron; compares and contrasts those pieces made by Jews with those made by Christians, explaining how and mdash;during the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, the period when a majority of these artifacts were made and mdash;Jews were excluded from membership in the guilds, and as a result, many of the ceremonial objects, though used by Jewish communities, were made by non-Jewish manufacturers or artisans on commission. A fascinating survey of superior craftsmanship, Silver Judaica will appeal to students and scholars of art history and religious studies alike.

Introduction 1. The Structure of the Collection, Chronology, and Regions of Production 2. Silver Objects of Foreign Make in the Jewish Museum's Collection 3. Characteristics and Typical Features of Domestic Production of Silver Judaica 4. Jewish Makers in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia 5. Christian Makers of Judaica in Bohemia 6. Christian Makers of Judaica in Moravia and Silesia 7. The Compulsory Purchase of Synagogue Silver 1809-1810 Catalogue A Note on the Catalogue I. Torah Shields II. Torah Crowns III. Torah Finials IV. Torah Pointers V. Levite Pitchers and Basins VI. Etrog Containers VII. Alms Boxes VIII. Charity Dishes IX. Combs X. Cups and Beakers XI. Lights XII. Spice Boxes XIII. Mixed Index Localities Makers by Name Makers by Initials First Names Surnames Bibliography About the Author

Jaroslav Kunto and scaron; the curator of the metal collection at the Jewish Museum in Prague.