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Obj. ID: 36453  Snuffbox used at Sabbath and festival synagogue prayers, Morocco, circa 1925

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

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Snuffbox used at Sabbath and festival synagogue prayers | Unknown
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Date
circa 1925
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Unknown (Unknown)
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Gross Family Collection No.
029.021.001
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Gold, Engraved
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Length: 5.4 cm, Width: 3.5 cm, Height: 1 cm Weight: 37 g
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Description

The following description was prepared by William Gross:

Such snuff boxes were used at Sabbath and festival synagogue prayers.  During long hours of prayer, snuff boxes were passed around to the participants as a stimulant to maintain alertness and concentration. This was a regular custom by the Jews of Morocco, but the making of such a box from gold is very unusual. These snuff boxes were almost exclusively used by Jews and were made by the almost exclusively Jewish jewelry makers of Morocco. The decorative pattern used on this box is similar to a gold amulet and two silver amulets thought to be from Ouezzan. The initials of the owner, AB, are inscribed on the cover. Inscription:  A B

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