Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup
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17.8 cm (height) x 7.6 cm (diameter) (7 x 3 in)
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
Between 1950 and 1990
Place of origin
Presented to the museum in memory of Minnie Grower by family and friends.
Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT