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Tankard bearing the coat of arms of Ishak Carrilho (1699–1755)
Boston, Massachusetts
ca. 1735
Silversmith: Jacob Hurd (1702–1758)
Silver, repoussé and engraved
H: 24; W: 21 cm
Purchased through the gift of Suzanne Perlman, London, in memory of her husband, Henry Perlman
Accession number: B14.0650 ; 133/365

This personal object represents a tangible connection between one of the prominent personalities of the Portuguese Jewish community in Suriname, Ishak Carrilho, and the community's synagogue, Zedek veShalom. Carrilho, a member of the Ma’amad (board of governors) of the synagogue, was one of the leaders who signed the agreement authorizing the separation between the Portuguese and Ashkenazi congregations of Suriname in 1734.

The elegant tankard, manufactured by one of the most renowned silversmiths in the American colonies in the 18th century, attests to the active involvement of Jews in the trade between Suriname and North American mainland.



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