bi-level display holding wine decanter, wine cup, two loaves of challah, Kiddush cup, fruit basket, flower vase, two candles, veiled female figure holding hands to face, baby doll head with hand on top of head, and a sprawled body with a cherry attached; tray and individual components are all crocheted and hardened with resin

© Norma Minkowitz

The Sabbath Now, 2011

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“The Sabbath Now” depicts common elements in modern celebrations of the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat, in Hebrew) on Friday evenings: candles, a Kiddush cup, a vase with flowers, a bowl of fruit, a blessed child, two loaves of challah bread, and a resting figure. These objects, along with the table cloth they rest upon, were meticulously crocheted and stiffened with resins. When artist Norma Minkowitz created this work in 2011, she also made a historically-inspired counterpart, “The Sabbath Then,” which references ancient celebrations of the holy day. That work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Title
The Sabbath Now
Artist Life
born 1937
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.59.4a-m
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bi-level display holding wine decanter, wine cup, two loaves of challah, Kiddush cup, fruit basket, flower vase, two candles, veiled female figure holding hands to face, baby doll head with hand on top of head, and a sprawled body with a cherry attached; tray and individual components are all crocheted and hardened with resin

© Norma Minkowitz

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