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Ancient Rites Modern Masters: Swed Masters Workshop Contemporary Judaica

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Curator

Karen S. York.

Collections

Diane and Simon Zunamon; Estelle Finer; Janis and David Finer.

Imprint

Tulsa, Okla., USA, 2008. Booklet, 22 pp., illustrations: 19 col., 20.3 × 20.3 cm. English.

Location

Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art (23 September 2008–28 February 2009)

Description

A revolutionary Judaica workshop in Jerusalem based on a system of teamwork, established by Yossi Swed in 1975. The workshop produces structurally complex Judaica objects (each one developed by more than 100 individual experts) that can be easily dissembled, and thereby cleaned, polished and maintained in mint condition. Most unusual are Sweds’ “Secret Books”: silver book-form containers that conceal within them sets of ceremonial objects. Brief introductory text. Most objects presented according to holiday. Descriptive texts. 17 items.

main keywords

CEREMONIAL OBJECTS, CONTEMPORARY/MODERNSILVERSMITHING, ISRAELSWED, YOSSI

minor keywords

Challah boards/platesChallah knivesDreidelsElijah’s cupEtrog containersHand-washing vesselsHanukkah lampsHavdalah sets/compendiaKiddush cupsMezuzah casesPesach plates, 3-tieredPurim groggersRosh Hashanah honey dishesScrolls of Esther, casesTzedakah boxes/containersYad

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