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Glass for a burial society’s annual banquet
Prague, Bohemia
Glass, enamel paint
H: 24.5; Diam: 15.7 cm
Accession number: B51.01.0152 ; 133/113

This glass, one of a few surviving examples from Bohemia, was used by the members of the hevra kadisha at their annual banquet, held on the day traditionally designated as the anniversary of Moses’ death. The painting in the middle depicts a funeral procession led by a man putting a coin into an alms box, alongside the verse “Righteousness [Charity] saves from death” [Proverbs 10:2]. The inscriptions consist of biblical and Talmudic phrases concerning not only death and mourning, but also the drinking of wine in celebration of life. They include the name Baruch Segal Austerlitz of Kolin, possibly the donor of the glass.

From the Israel Museum publications:
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004
Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005
Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006
3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

The Beauty of Sanctity: Masterworks from Every Age, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 29/03/2005 - 12/11/2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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