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Large embroidered needlepoint designed by Yankel Ginzburg

Object | Accession Number: 1987.80.1

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    Brief Narrative
    Colorful, embroidered wall hanging created by Yankel Ginzburg for the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington in 1976. The three-panel image was designed by Ginzburg and then executed in needlepoint by sixty-one artisans, 60 women and one man, between 1976 and 1986. The design is intended to symbolize the Jewish people's arduous journey to freedom.
    Artwork Title
    Freedom Road
    creation:  1976-1986
    creation: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Bicentennial Commission of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, D.C., Aaron Goldman, Chairman
    front, center panel, bottom, embroidered, orange yarn : Yankel Ginzburg
    Artist: Yankel Ginzburg
    Designer: Yankel Ginzburg

    Physical Details

    Decorative Arts
    Physical Description
    Embroidered needlepoint wall hanging, stitched primarily in yellow, orange, and blue wool yarn, on a brown, double needlepoint, Penelope, cotton canvas measuring ten to the inch. It is composed of six narrower, vertical segments sewn together to form three visual panels. The central panel is depicted in orange tones with red, green, purple, white, and yellow highlights. Several key design elements are highlighted, including five ladders near the top, rising from the geometric orange shapes of the background, and many Hebrew characters scattered across the center. The left and right panels are separated from the center by vertical, white bands. They are embroidered mostly in blue tones with green, white, and purple line details, some curved and others wavy. The designer's name is embroidered in orange yarn at the bottom of the center panel. The canvas is stretched and slightly misshapen from use, and there are several small tears.
    overall: Height: 123.875 inches (314.643 cm) | Width: 177.750 inches (451.485 cm)
    overall : cotton, thread, wool

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    Conditions on Use
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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Washington (D.C.)

    Administrative Notes

    The embroidered needlework was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1987 by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2022-11-08 14:07:34
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