Object of the month


April 2012

Plates depicting a page from the Prague Haggadah

These plates contain low relief etchings which depict pages (made slightly smaller) from the famous Prague Haggadah, which was printed by Gershom ben Shlomo Ha-Kohen in 1526. The Haggadah, or more accurately the Passover Haggadah, is one...

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March 2012

Purim Plaque, 1863

In the latter half of the nineteenth century in particular, memorial plaques with various iconographic motifs from the Old Testament were among the popular homemade products made by Jewish women and girls, among others. This plaque, which...

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February 2012

Georges Kars (2 May 1880, Kralupy, Central Bohemia – 6 February 1945, Geneva, Switzerland) Park in the City (Hamburg), 1906

Georges Kars was a major figure in the first generation of Czech modern artists. Unlike his contemporaries, he did not attend the Prague Academy; instead, after finishing high school, he left for Munich. He studied first at a private art...

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January 2012

Cinema advertisement of Rudolf Elsner, tradesman from Říčany by Prague, Bio-Reklama Slavia, Prague, Národní 21, year of production and display: 1926

This small item was donated to the Jewish Museum in Prague along with four other similar items last year by one of the daughters of Rudolf Elsner, who with her sister had survived the war in Great Britain. Their parents, Rudolf and Marie,...

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December 2011

Eugen von Kahler (1882–1911)

On December 13 this year exactly one hundred years will have passed since the death of one of the most remarkable Czech painters of the period preceding World War I, Eugen von Kahler. Similar to his contemporaries Max Horb (1882-1907) and...

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November 2011

Synagogue curtain, inv. no. 020.221

Translation of the Hebrew inscriptions: (in the upper part of the curtain): Crown of Torah. Crown of Priesthood. Crown of Kingship. This is a gift of the holy society performing acts of mercy of the holy community of Osoblaha in the year...

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October 2011

Player piano roll on a spool

One of the museum's recent acquisitions is a roll for a player piano with a recording of Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 by the German composer Max Bruch. An interesting curio from today's perspective, this item was still in use for a long time after...

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September 2011

Synagogue curtain from Kolín (1630), decorated using a rare textile method

Staff at the Jewish Museum in Prague have recently been examining several synagogue curtains whose inscriptions contain the complete blessing that is recited during the circumcision ritual. Of most interest in terms of technique employed...

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August 2011

Aron ha-kodesh from the synagogue in Dašice near Pardubice, East Bohemia, ca. 1822

The holy ark (Hebrew (aron ha-kodesh) from the synagogue in the eastern Bohemian town of Dašice (built in 1822, demolished in 1958) is a small wooden polychrome painted cabinet with a base and two pillars along the sides, surmounted by...

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July 2011

Bohumil Lonek (1903-1998): Portrait of Rudolf Slánský (1901-1952), 1951

Rudolf Slánský, a founding member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, lived through World War II in the Soviet Union. Having left for Moscow in 1938 when the Sudetenland was occupied, he was later sent as a delegate of the Communist...

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