“Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Medieval Aquamanile” Exhibition

The Jewish Museum

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The first in the new series Masterpieces & Curiosities that focuses on a single work in The Jewish Museum collection, this exhibition will feature a rare Jewish lion aquamanile (handwashing pitcher) that was recently acquired. It was created in Germany in the twelfth century, probably for secular or church use, but was transformed into a synagogue ritual object after the mid-sixteenth century through the addition of a Hebrew dedication inscription. Using additional works, the exhibition will examine the contexts in which the aquamanile was created and converted, and explore the issues that it raises about valuation, sanctification, and cultural borrowing.



from November 08, 2013 to March 23, 2014

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