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Treasures of the Black Death

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Editor & Curator

Christine Descatoire.

Imprint

London, United Kingdom, 2009. 112 pp., illustrations: 114 col., 4 b&w, 28 × 24.5 cm. English.

ISBN

9780900785955

Location

Wallace Collection (19 February–10 May 2009)

Description

Two medieval treasure troves, buried by Jewish families in the mid-14th C during the Black Death and discovered in 1863 (Colmar, France) and 1998 (Erfurt, Germany). These rich hoards of jewelry, coins, household items, etc., reflect the economic activities and daily life of the medieval Jewish communities as well as their precarious position within Christian Europe. Essays on the treasures (Christine Descatoire, Karin Sczech, Maria Stürzebecher), the Jewish communities of Germany in the mid-14th C (Christoph Cluse, Jörg R. Müller), the works of secular goldsmiths in the 13th and 14th C (Johann Michael Fritz), coins and ingots (Michel Dhénin, Mario Schlapke), and the Black Death and treasure hoards in relation to Anglo-Jewish material culture (Marian Cambell). Detailed descriptive entries. 63 items.

main keywords

BLACK DEATHCOLMAR TREASURECOINSERFURT TREASUREGERMANYJEWELRYMIDDLE AGESSILVERSMITHING, GERMANY

minor keywords

Bodleian BowlChristian ArtChristian illuminated manuscriptsCupsFranceHistorical documentsMikvahRingsSeals/Stamps, kosher certificationShabbat lampsSilverSynagogues, GermanyTombstones, EnglandTombstones, medievalWedding rings, medieval

Related ephemera

Exhibition flyer, single card, 1 col. illus., 20.8 × 14.7 cm.

Other venue

Musée National du Moyen Âge—Thermes et hotel de Cluny, Paris, France (25 April–3 September 2007)

Catalog from other venue

#1908

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