double-handled cup on 3 lion's paw feet; hands on either side of cup in front of handles; 2 heavy applied inscriptions on front; handles decorated with vines and berries; rampant lion with sack on back

%C2%A9 Michael Ende

N'tilat Yada'im (hand washing cup), c. 1985

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Hand washing to achieve ritual purity is an important part of many world religions. In traditional Jewish practice, one uses a two-handled cup such as this to wash hands before morning prayers, before meals, or before saying a blessing during important holiday ceremonies such as the Passover Seder. Depending on the tradition, one alternates pouring water over the right hand, then the left, two to three times.

Details
Title
N'tilat Yada'im (hand washing cup)
Artist Life
born 1945
Role
Maker
Accession Number
2003.228.38
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double-handled cup on 3 lion's paw feet; hands on either side of cup in front of handles; 2 heavy applied inscriptions on front; handles decorated with vines and berries; rampant lion with sack on back

© Michael Ende

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