small rectangular case with hinged lid; square filigree 'cage' with floral designs and 2 panels of paired crowned lions; scalloped grid incised overall

Tefillin (prayer container) box (one of a pair), late 19th century

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Gift of Harold and Mickey Smithexpand_more  2001.177.1.1

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These intricately filigreed silver boxes were made to cover leather Tefillin boxes containing passages from the Torah. Deuteronomy 6:8 instructs, "And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes." Traditional Jewish men attach the Tefillin to the head and arm with leather straps during morning prayers.

Details
Title
Tefillin (prayer container) box (one of a pair)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2001.177.1.1
Provenance
(Moriah Galleries, New York); Collection of Harold & Mickey Smith, St. Paul, Minnesota purchased 1976; Gift to the MIA in 2001.
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small rectangular case with hinged lid; square filigree 'cage' with floral designs and 2 panels of paired crowned lions; scalloped grid incised overall