Adath Israel


Spice Box


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15.6 cm (height) x 4.8 cm (diameter) (6 1/8 x 1 7/8 in)

General Description

There is a nearly identical object, composed of olive wood, in the Magnes Collections (Accession Number 99.19.2a-b). That spice box is from Jerusalem in the early 20th century, suggesting a similar provenance for this object. This box has an image of a temple with a domed top and arches on the bottom walls—presumably the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It also has, above the image of the temple, the word, added in English “Jerusalem.” As a result, it seems safe to say that the object is from Jerusalem. However, the date of origin may be after 1950. The object’s glazed wood finish and the technique for adding the written words—painted, rather than inscribed—suggest a later creation date than the Magnes Collection piece.

Description of materials

Olive wood: carved and painted

Time period

20th century

Place of origin

Jerusalem (Land of Israel)


Purchased in honor of Mr. and Mrs. E.I. Schwartz on their 50th Anniversary by friends

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT


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