Adath Israel
 

Title

Spice Box

Creator

Wes ID #

cai030

Original Inventory #

35

Dimensions

14.6 cm (height) x 5.4 cm (diameter) (5 3/4 x 2 1/8 in)

General Description

Fruit-form containers became popular in Eastern Europe in the 18th century, possibly as a result of trade from Turkey (see Jewish Museum, Accession Number JM 34-51). Some spice boxes from Eastern Europe in the 19th century were in the shape of flowers, like this object (e.g. Jewish Museum, Accession Number JM 34-51; Israel Museum, Accession number B86.0098 ; 124/549). CAI 030 seemingly comes out of this trend. It does not have a large opening for spices. Considering its small size and its material—the relatively cheap copper alloy—it was likely made for less affluent customers.

Description of materials

Copper Alloy: engraved

Time period

19th or 20th century

Place of origin

Eastern Europe

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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