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Needlepoint matzoh cover with a Hebrew inscription, flowers and leaves

Object | Accession Number: 1990.41.2 a-b

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    Needlepoint matzoh cover with a Hebrew inscription, flowers and leaves
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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Needlepoint matzoh cover from prewar Germany. It was used to cover the matzoh at Sabbath dinners. The blessing of the matzoh is embroidered around the perimeter.
    Geography
    recovery: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Museum für Deutsche Geschichte

    Physical Details

    Language
    Hebrew
    Classification
    Jewish Art and Symbolism
    Object Type
    Matzah covers (aat)
    Physical Description
    Needlepoint matzoh cover, square with rounded corners, with a blue pleated border and brown cloth backing. The needlepoint design features a Hebrew prayer inscription in red thread around the perimeter, with the last 2 words in the center. There is a circle of embroidered flowers and green leaves, with individuated flowers in pink, white, and red. There are 3 brown cloth semicircles attached to the bottom edge of the cover; these represent the 3 divisions: Cohen, Levi, and Israel.
    Materials
    overall : thread
    Inscription
    front, embroidered, red thread : (transliteration: Barukh ata Adonai elohenu melekh ha-olam asher kidshanu be-mitsvotav ve-tsivanu al / akhilat Matzah. [Praised are you, Adonai our God, ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us through His commandments, and commands us to eat matzoh.]

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The matzah cover was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990 by the Museum für Deutsche Geschichte.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-09-27 13:02:40
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