AN INTERESTING ODDITY

Judaica said to date to the times of the Spanish Inquisition.


The complete teapot.


Remove the top…


It’s a hidden dreidel.


Remove the next layer‘


A perfume/spice holder.


Opened


The Hebrew word on the bottom says בשמים (basmim), “spices or perfumes.”


The next layer is…


An havdala flame.


The Front View – The inscription reads, “The light of God is man’s soul.”


But there’s another secret:


A complete Megilla Esther for Purim.


The main body is designed to hold an etrog for Sukkot.


The words say “pri etz hadar” (the fruit of the majestic tree), a biblical reference to the etrog.


Inside


Candlesticks for Shabbat and Holy Days


Close up of candlesticks


Remove the flowered tray, and under the candlesticks is…


A Seder plate.


But there’s one more thing.


A hannukiah.


With the shammash (“servant”), the 9th light of the menorah used to light the other 8 candles.

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Posted on July 24, 2015, in 2015, July, Ram's Horn. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Absolutely beautiful, Joy. Is the teapot in a museum?
    Seeing that antiquity reminded me to tell all of you to see the movie “Lady in Gold” with Helen Mirren playing the part of the niece, Maria Bloch-Bauer Altmann, as the principal actor. It’s the story of a lost piece of art, “Lady in Gold”, painted by Gustav Klimt, taken from her family by the Nazis (and the painting renamed “Lady in Gold” from Adele Bloch-Bauer, and her fight to get the painting back from the museum in Austria. The case eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court for decision–against Austria. The movie basically deals with the struggle to finally get the painting; the book delves into the history of the family (Adele Bloch-Bauer) and the life and loves of the wealthy Austrian Jewish families before WWII and the painter. I’m not very good at giving a synopsis of the book, but I think you would enjoy it. I’m finding it very interesting. I do, however, have another reason to read the book. My cousin in Cincinnati is related to the lawyer who worked with Maria and was instrumental in getting the painting back to the family. The lawyer, Randol Schoenberg, is married to my cousin’s niece. R. Shoenberg is the grandson of the composer Arnold Schoenberg. Anyway, I thought if the book is available to you, you’d enjoy reading the history/story.
    I hope all is well with you and Bruce. Everything is going well with us. We’re in the process of buying a house, here. Oy! another move even if it’s only a few miles from our apt..
    I enjoy reading the newsletters. Hopefully all is well with the other members of Aitz Chaim.
    Ann

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