Spice Tower (Besamim)


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The spice tower (or besamim) in used during the Havdalah, a Jewish ritual that marks the end of the holy Sabbath, in which a special candle and spice essence are used for blessing, and the spice smelling is perceived as enhancing the Jewish spirit after the pleasantry of the Shabbat before returning to daily routine. Such spice containers exist in a variety of shapes and designs. The present tower form is the first example to enter to Met’s collection.

Spice Tower (Besamim), Silver, Russian

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