Adath Israel
 

Title

Etrog (Citron) Box

Creator

Wes ID #

cai031

Original Inventory #

5

Dimensions

7.0 x 13.6 x 10.2 cm (2 3/4 x 5 3/8 x 4 in)

General Description

There is a somewhat similar object in the Israel Museum (Accession number B50.02.0612 ; 129/021)—it has a flat elliptical top and bottom and an image of an etrog—from Austria in the 19th century. This object has a marking of “Made in Hungary” (written in English), suggesting that it was likely made in Hungary but also created for import to the United States. Such import markings are not unusual, particularly in more recent objects–opening up the possibility that this object was created in the early 20th century. The box also has what appear to be factory marks; it has no marks clarifying it to be of Hungarian or Austro-Hungarian origin.

Description of materials

Silver(?): cast, engraved, and repoussé

Time period

Late 19th century or early 20th century

Place of origin

Probably Hungary

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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