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Obj. ID: 36253
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Book Binding, Hamburg, circa 1695

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

The following description was prepared by William Gross:

The bindings of Jewish books are generally quite simple, but there does exist a tradition, probably among the wealthier section of the population, of binding books in special and elegant ways utilizing a variety of material.

Silver book bindings are one of the most elegant objects of Jewish ritual art. The form is generally copied from Catholic and Orthodox Christian tradition where prayer books were often covered with silver bindings in keeping with the other elegant silver pieces used in the prayer service. As in many other areas of life, Jews emulated some customs from what they saw of their Christian neighbors. Since such a binding was an expensive purchase for an individual, such silver pieces are fairly rare. Their appearance is most widespread in Italy, but examples also exist from Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Austria, and even the Ottoman Empire.

 This silver bookbinding covering a Hebrew prayer book is one of the oldest known to exist today, dating from the last decade of the 17th century in Hamburg. The silverwork is of the highest order. A Tas (in the Israel museum), a pair of Rimmonim (in the Cymbalista collection), and a wedding belt (Sivlanot) are recorded from this master's hand as well. The book contained in the binding is an Ashkenazi prayer book printed in Amsterdam some years earlier.

For the book, see ID 35471

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Name/Title
Book Binding | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
circa 1695
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Artist/ Maker
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Location
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Site
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School/Style
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Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Silver, Partly Gilt, Repousse, Pierced
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
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Construction material
Measurements
Height: 20.2 cm, Width: 12.9 cm, Depth: 4.6 cm Weight:1235 (w/ book)
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Documented by CJA
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Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
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Type of grave
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Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
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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
Master - TF - Schl #307; City/Date - Schl #46
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Binding
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Computer Reconstruction
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Negative/Photo. No.