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‘Identifying Donors of Objects in the Collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague’ Project
‘Identifying Donors of Objects in the Collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague’ Project

Author(s): Dana Veselská
Subject(s): Jewish studies
Published by: Zidovské muzeum v Praze

Summary/Abstract: The Collections Department of the Jewish Museum in Prague has received considerable financial support of almost GBP 50,000 from the Rothschild Foundation (Europe) for the 2012–2013 period. This amount is earmarked for implementation of a unique research project whose aim is to create an information base that will enable the first meaningful attempt at identifying the donors of three-dimensional objects in the museum’s collections. The collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague contain almost 40,000 objects, which are registered under the relevant legislation, i.e., Act No. 122/2000 Coll., on the Central Registry of Collections and Related Legal Regulations. These collections comprise mainly Judaica – original liturgical objects from synagogues in what was the territory of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (precious metal artefacts, textiles, manuscripts and rare printed books) – that were shipped to the Central Jewish Museum in Prague during the SecondWorldWar. These objects (curtains, mantles, covers, binders, Torah pointers, shields, Torah finials, crowns, cups, alms boxes, Levite pitchers and basins) often have inscriptions of various length in Hebrew (and, after the mid-nineteenth century, more frequently German) with information on the donation and date.

  • Issue Year: XLVII/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 115-118
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: English