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- Date of production 18th century
- Place of creation Poland?
- Dimensions height: 25.2 cm, width: of the side: 6.5 cm
- ID no. MCh-S/318
- Object copyright Irena and Mieczysław Mazaraki Museum in Chrzanów
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
One of liturgical utensils of the Jewish faith is a vessel for scents called a spice tower (Hebrew: bassamim, psumin-byksy) used during Sabbath. This spice tower represents the most common turret type in the shape of a multi-storey synagogue.more
One of liturgical utensils of the Jewish faith is a vessel for scents called a spice tower (Hebrew: bassamim, psumin-byksy) used during Sabbath.
The scent tower was probably created on the territory of Poland. It was made with the technique of intricate filigree typical of earlier scent towers coming from Polish goldsmith workshops. Unfortunately, it has no punch that would enable its precise identification.
This spice tower represents the most common turret type. It has shape of a multi-storey synagogue situated on a square shape base set on four legs in the corners. The core is quadrilateral; at half of its height, there is a round node. The upper part is in the form of a two-storey tower. The first storey is enclosed with four twisted pillars in the corners, tipped with knobs; on one of the walls, there is a small door opened with a key because inside the vessel there is a container. In the upper storey of the tower there is a characteristic element for the works made on Polish Lands — four divided arcaded windows, as in Polish Romanesque churches (biforium).
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