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Obj. ID: 35871
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Kos Shmirot, Ukraine, 1875

© Gross Family Collection, Photographer: Bar Hama, Ardon, -

The following description was prepared by William Gross:

Among some Hassidic courts, it was a practice for the Rabbi to give a blessed silver coin to his Hassidim as an amulet. Such protection might be given for all manner of life events, from healing from an illness to success in travel and the amulet was carried on the body of the recipient. This custom was particularly popular among the Ryzhiner Hassidim and these coins were called "Shmirot". To such coins were attributed extraordinary power and value and they were treasured with great care and love.

After the specific event for which they had originally be given, such a coin or coins were used in the making of other objects, which maintained the special aura of the Rabbi. Such a coin would be melted in other silver with the amuletic valued being spread evenly to all the silver. Then a ritual object would be fashioned by a silversmith and the special nature of the item would be inscribed on it, indicating in one of several ways that this object had been made from "Shmirot". Such objects in the Gross Family Collection include Kiddish cups, a Havdalah tray, a Shabbat salt holder, a Chanukkah Menorah, a Torah crown, and a fork and spoon.

This object is a Kiddish cup fashioned from such silver. Such cups were used for blessing the wine so that each use renewed the power of protection granted by the Rabbi. The decoration on the cup, in addition to the scrolling vegetation, contains an image of a griffin, and a basket (of fruit?) atop an architectural column.

Inscription: Cup of Holiness (Kos Shel Kodesh)

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Name/Title
Kos Shmirot | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1875
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
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Collection
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Material/Technique
Silver, Chased, Engraved
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Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
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Material Cloth
Material Lining
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Measurements
Height: 7.2 cm, Diameter: 6.2 cm, Weight: 83 g
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Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
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Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
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0
Ornamentation
Custom
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Hebrew Numeration
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Direction/Location
Façade (main)
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Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
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Location of Reader's Desk
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Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
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Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
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12
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