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Jewish Ceremonial Wine Cup, One of Pair

Decorative Arts

  • Place Made: London, England
  • DATES 1785-1786 with late 19th-century inscriptions
    DIMENSIONS 1 3/4 x 2 7/16 x 2 7/16 in. (4.4 x 6.2 x 6.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS On the under side: "K" for the years 1785-1786, leopard's head crowned, a lion passant; also maker's mark in script: "H.B." in a rectangular cartouche with rounded corners (for Hester Bateman, London, active 1774-1789)
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Hester Bateman (English, active in London, 1774-1789). Jewish Ceremonial Wine Cup, One of Pair, 1785-1786 with late 19th-century inscriptions. Silver, 1 3/4 x 2 7/16 x 2 7/16 in. (4.4 x 6.2 x 6.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 51.110.2. Creative Commons-BY
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One of pair of Jewish ceremonial cups, silver with gilt wash interior, circular form, bowl engraved with late nineteenth-century inscriptions in Hebrew. Inscription on the exterior within an oval panel of bright-cut engraving reads: "the blessing over the circumcision." Around the center inscription reads: "He who deepeth the precepts will never know of any evil thing." Cups intended for use in Jewish circumcision. [See catalogue sheet in Decorative Arts departmental files for Hebrew translation.] Condition: Good.
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