Cup with cover with Hebrew inscriptions

Silversmith Joachim Michael Salecker

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551

The Hebrew inscriptions and the representations of the patriarch Jacob's twelve sons on this cup are designed to form the name of the cup's owner, Issacher ben Juda Halevi, whose German name was Behrend Lehmann (1661–1730). Lehmann was among the most prominent court officials of his time, serving both Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg (r. 1688-1713) and Augustus the Strong of Saxony, king of Poland (r. 1709-33).

Cup with cover with Hebrew inscriptions, Joachim Michael Salecker (active 1723–52), Silver gilt, Austrian, Vienna

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