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Painted Textiles for the Sukkah
Copenhagen, Denmark
Late 18th or early 19th century
Oil on fabric
H: 173; W: 100-105 cm
Extended loan from Charlotte Ettlinger, Stockholm and Jerusalem
Accession number: L-B05.003(a-h) ; 173/205

These painted textiles were among the eight wall-hangings that adorned the sukkah of the chief rabbi of Denmark, Rabbi Friediger. During World War II Rabbi Friediger was arrested, while his wife fled to Sweden. She was sheltered for a time by the Ettlinger family of Stockholm, and as a token of her gratitude gave them these wall-hangings from the sukkah.
The paintings on the wall-hangings depict images from the life of Moses and the wanderings of the Israelites in the desert before they arrived in the Land of Israel.

From the Israel Museum publications:
Sarfati, Rachel, A Movable Feast: Sukkahs from Around the World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2003, English / Hebrew
Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006

Sacred Beauty: Treasures of Judaica and Jewish Ethnography, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 11/03/2005 - 21/01/2006

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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