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- Date of production 19th century?
- Dimensions height: 15.3 cm, width: 3.7 cm, weight: 29.1 g
- ID no. MNS/3733/S
- Object copyright Nowy Sącz District Museum
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
Besamin boxes [heb. bassamim, psumin-byksy] served as containers for spices and were used during the end of the Sabbath and were usually tower-shaped, whereas the besamin box from Sącz was in the shape of a fish, whose head, connected with a trunk with a hinge could be opened and tilted.more
Besamin boxes [heb. bassamim, psumin-byksy] served as containers for spices and were used during the end of the Sabbath and were usually tower-shaped, whereas the besamin box from Sącz was in the shape of a fish, whose head, connected with a trunk with a hinge could be opened and tilted. The fish trunk consists of five overlapping segments in row forms of semi-circularly finished scales. The individual segments of the trunk are mutually conjoined in such a way that the body of the fish could be slightly bent. The surface of the besamin box is engraved and covered with a web of grooves and zigzags that render the texture of scales and fins. Round red stones or small glasses are fixed into one of the eyes of the fish. The lack of a manufacturer’s stamp does not allow for identification of the exhibit’s place of origin and hinders its dating.
The item was purchased for the museum in the year 2000, enriching its collection of Judaica. The unusual, but very interesting and rare shape of the exhibit distinguishes it from other besamin boxes in the museum’s collection.
Elaborated by Edyta Ross-Pazdyk (Nowy Sącz District Museum), © all rights reserved