Ceremonial Jewish hat

Unknown artist1801/1900

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil
Rapperswil, Switzerland

An ornamental Jewish ceremonial hat made of red velvet and embroidered with convex silver thread. Some of the ornaments were made using a silver thread called “bajorek” i.e. a metal thread twisted into coils, and brass sequins. The hat has a cotton lining.
The Jewish law requires that men cover their heads as a sign of respect and fear of God when praying, saying a blessing, studying the Torah, visiting a synagogue, or a house of learning (yeshiva). The practice originated in the Biblical times when priests covered their heads during the service in the Temple.

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  • Title: Ceremonial Jewish hat
  • Creator: Unknown artist
  • Date created: 1801/1900
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.5 × 22 × 15 cm
  • Provenance: In the collection of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil since 1978 (a gift, bequeathed in the last will of Iza Landsberger-Poznańska).
  • Type: Hat
  • Medium: Velvet, convex silver thread embroidery, silver bajorek thread, brass sequins, cardboard, cotton lining.