The first in the new series Masterpieces & Curiosities, this exhibition features a rare Jewish lion aquamanile that was recently acquired by The Jewish Museum. It was created in Germany in the 12th century, probably for secular or church use, but was transformed into a synagogue ritual object after the mid-sixteenth century through the addition of a Hebrew dedication inscription. Using additional works, the exhibition examines the contexts in which the aquamanile was created and converted, and explores the issues that it raises about valuation, sanctification, and cultural borrowing.
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