Bimah Cover

Unknown2nd half of the 19th century

Jewish Museum in Prague

Jewish Museum in Prague
Prague 1, Czechia

Only rarely does the patchwork technique occur on synagogue textiles from the Czech lands. Patchwork involves an intricate and effective textile pattern which is composed of brightly coloured, regularly arranged pieces of cheap cotton fabric and silk. This technique made its way into the decoration of Bohemian and Moravian synagogue textiles probably from France. Inscription: Gift from the alms box of the Burial Society.


  • Title: Bimah Cover
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 2nd half of the 19th century
  • Location: Dobruška, Bohemia
  • Physical Dimensions: w1180 x h1160 mm
  • Provenance: Jewish Museum in Prague
  • Type: Ritual Judaica
  • External Link: www.jewishmuseum.cz
  • bibliography: Kosáková, Eva - Kybalová, Ludmila - Putík, Alexander, Textiles from Bohemian and Moravian Synagogues, Prague: Jewish Museum in Prague, 2003, p. 196, cat. no. 263; Kosáková, Eva (ed.) 100 Items from the Jewish Museum in Prague: A Selection by Curators, Prague: Jewish Museum in Prague, 2006, pp. 188/189, cat. no. 81
  • basic caption: Unknown Artist, Bimah Cover, silk, cotton, embroidery in metal thread, 1160 x 1180 mm, Bohemia, Dobruška, 2nd half of the 19th century
  • Ownership History: Acquired as part of the wartime shipments from between 1942 and 1945 from the area of the so-called Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, specifically from Dobruška.

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