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© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 7.1992

The tower shaped spice container consists of a receptacle, and a stand.

The square architectural part is composed of a one storey building which contains the receptacle, a roof, and a mast. The square receptacle is situated within the storey, on which each bears an animal surrounded by a foliate motif in openwork. The animals from right to left, are: an elephant, a swan, a bull and a lion. All the animals are depicted in profile with their body turned leftward, but the bull and the lion face to the front. The swan swims in a wavy river while the others stand on a lawn with flowers. The upper and lower rim of the receptacle are serrated and a ring from which hangs a leaf shaped medallion, is attached to each of the lower corners. The four faceted roof is decorated with a pattern of flowers surmounted by leaves. It is topped by a mast mounted on a globe.

The receptacle is supported by a stand composed of a base and four wires. Four hemiglobular legs support a square flat base. Four twisted wires emerge from each the base's corners and support the receptacle. The wires are joined together by a globe in the center.

Name/Title
Spice container | Unknown
Object Detail
Settings
Unknown
Date
1893
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Location
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Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Silver##Strucrure: hammered##Decoration: pierced and sawed, punched, engraved##Bonding: soldered, screwed, folded
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
206mm (overall); 85mm (shaft)
Length
Width
47mm (body); 52mm (base)
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Subject
S | Swan
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Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Three halmarks are stamped on the base.
1. The hallmark depicts a cross with two dots on both sides, within a a rectanglur cut angles frame. It is a hallmark of an unidentified city, probably Odessa in the 1890's.
Cf. Postnikova-Losseva, p. 258, no.3858.
2. The hallmark depicts cyrillic initials: "T.K" (in lat.) with the date 1893 under a line, framed by a rectangle. It is a hallmark of an unknown assay who was active in an unidentified city, in 1895-1897.
Cf. Postnikova-Losseva, p.258, no. 3860.
3. The hallmark depicts the cyfer 84 framed by a rectangle. It was a Russian quality hallmark in the 18th and 19th centuries. ##Cf.Postnikova-Losseva, p.148, no 12.
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Identical animals are found on a Torah crown (IJA 9689) and two Torah finials (IJA 9201 and IJA 12329) both originated in the Odessa region at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The animals depicted on this spice container lack the boat house which probably represents Noah's Ark
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
The Odessa collection.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Cf. Masterpieces-silver, Moscow, 1992, no.104-105 Cf. Wien, Kunsthis. Mus., Thora (Ukraine), 1993, p.206-207, no.85.
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Documenter
| A.A. (M.T.) 6.1992
Researcher
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Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Language Editor
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.