For the first time in an auction! A set of Yemenite outfits for a bride and groom—Yemen, 19/20th century and Israel 1950s-60s
Sold for the first time in an auction, a full set of Yemenite outfits for a bride and groom (two types of hat for the bride!). 1. Kaftan – handsome dress for the groom, gilded fabric with a few rows of lace 2. Kurata – jewelry for the groom against the Evil Eye, silver coated in gold with coin pendants. 120g 3. Glaya – dress for the bride, pretty gilded fabric 4. Tashbuch Lulu (means “pearl latticework”). Triangular crown, worn by brides in Sanaa. Made from a combination of pearls and beads in a wonderful pattern of alternating black and red colors, to which silver jewelry drippings were attached which covered the bride's forehead. Fragrant flowers and branches surrounded the crown and the face from the temple to the chin. 5. Gargush Mazar (gilded) – additional head covering used by the bride, completely decorated with jewels and gilded metal coins. 6. Pants for the bride, embroidered by hand with silver threads. 7. Pair of pretty silver bracelets, beautiful filigree work. Total weight: 140g. 8. Set of 3 chains made of large silver beads. Two of them have a pendant for holding an amulet, one of them integrated with delicate filigree work – especially handsome. Each chain has a number of unidentical but similar beads. Weight: 248, 188, 186g. 9. Pair of large earrings in the shape of triangles – silver coated in gold, filigree work inlaid with gemstones, with long chains of beads in a red-and-white pattern. Total weight: 165g. 10. Anak made of silver coated in gold, pretty arrangement. Total weight: 208g. 11. Embroidered shoes. These accessories, combined with a lot of strings and an embroidered coat, were usually taken on loan. In dressing the bride in this crown, an expert woman was engaged. Muslim brides also had a similar system, albeit different in many details.
Especially rare: huge rimonim (finials) for a sefer torah. Silver. Uncommon style. Alsace, France. Beginning of the 20th century
Handsome pair of rimonim for a sefer torah, uncommonly large. Original work. Interesting silver work: Many leaves are decorated with hammer/engraving/cutting work, soldered on three hoops one above the other on three levels. Bells are hung on each floor, and chains on the first floor. The finish on the roof is in the shape of a spike reminiscent of a tower head or a raised pointed hat. Total weight: 2570g. Approx height: 46cm—note that the heights of the two are different, the difference results from the rod that holds the rimon and is made intentionally in order to adapt it to the height differences that exist in the atzei Chayim of a closed Ashkenazi Torah scroll. One is missing two chains and the other is missing 8 bells and a leaf. Good condition (see picture). From a private collection.
Impressive bronze statue, “Ahavat HaTorah” (Love of Torah). Nicky Imber, stamped and numbered
Wonderful bronze statue depicting a Jew tightly hugging the Sefer Torah. The statue expresses the Jewish concept of “Ahavat HaTorah”. Signed “Nicky Imber.” On a black wooden base. Total weight: 9.3kg. Height: 45cm. Numbered 4 of 25. Nicky Imber is the nickname of Ignaz Imbermann (1920-1996), a Jewish sculptor and photographer who made a series of statues entitled “From Shoah to Tekumah” placed in the public park of Carmiel. Imber was born in Vienna in 1920 (a relative of Naftali Herz Imbar, the author of HaTikvah). After the annexation of Austria by the Nazis in 1938, he was sent to Dachau where he managed to escape. In 1943 he joined the British Army, and after the war lived in Canada and South Africa, where he developed his art. Between 1978-81 he built a huge series of statues commemorating the Shoah and Judaism’s rebirth, placed at the art park at the entrance to the city of Carmiel. At that time he moved to Israel. He died in 1996 in Vienna