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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Circumcision-plate; silver; thin; both faces engraved with inscriptions, quatrefoils, floral scrolls and rosettes.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1789-1790
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 7.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

  • Curator's comments

    According to Vivian Mann (curator, Jewish Museum, New York), the inscription translates:' the servant of God, Jeshua ha-Levi, the pure Sephard' [ie. a descendant from Spanish Jews], and on the other side the date in the Jewish calendar: 1789-90. The floral decoration is Moroccan in style, suggesting a possible Moroccan origin, perhaps from the Jewish community in Essaouira (J. Rudoe, 28.11.05).


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2010 22 Feb-20 Jun, British Museum, Gallery 1, 'Jewish Living & Giving'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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