Adath Israel
 

Title

Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup

Wes ID #

cai037

CAI ID #

2013.S.212.4

Original Inventory #

156

Dimensions

17.8 cm (height) x 7.6 cm (diameter) (7 x 3 in)

General Description

Made of sterling silver (.935), this cup uses granulation and Yemenite filigree—shaping silver wire into floral designs—techniques common in Yemenite silver work. From 1949–50, about 50,000 Yemenite Jews left for Israel in an operation called “On Eagles’ Wings.” Nissan Benyaminoff, who created this object, was a silversmith in Jerusalem from 1932 to 1992. It is likely that this piece was created between 1950—after “On Eagles’ Wings—and 1992, when Benyaminoff died.

Description of materials

Sterling Silver and Painted Glass: granulated and filigree

Time period

Between 1950 and 1990

Place of origin

Jerusalem (Israel)

Provenance

Presented to the museum in memory of Minnie Grower by family and friends.

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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