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Kiddush goblet with dedicatory inscription, adorned with biblical scenes
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Early 18th century
Gold, repoussé, punched, and engraved
Hebrew inscription mentioning the donor of this Kiddush cup, Michael, son of Rabbi I. Speyer; a verse from Exodus [28:29]; and the date of the donation
H: 15.2; Diam: 9.5 cm
Received through JCR (Jewish Cultural Reconstruction)
Accession number: B52.09.5240 ; 133/120

Several biblical scenes decorated epulent golden cup: Jacob’s struggle with the angel, Jacob’s dream, and the binding of Isaac. The goblet was used for Kiddush (a ritual sanctification of the Sabbath over wine) in the home of the Speyer a wealthy family in the Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt. It belonged to Michael Isaac Speyer, one of the leaders of the local Jewish community, who bequeathed it to the synagogue upon his death in 1764.

From the Israel Museum publications:
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

Provenance Research Online: World War II Looted Cultural Treasures, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
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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