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Lot #    34862
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 11:22:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Wimple
Title (Hebrew)    ווימפל
City    [Germany?]
Publication Date    1852
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   195 mm. high, usual staining, fading of colors.
   Woven for Ezekiel b. Judah Leib (Julius L. Binheim), born on Wednesday, 5 Elul [5]612. The Wimple ("Mappah" in Hebrew and "vimple" in Yiddish) became common amongst Jews of Germany in the 1500's. Wimples were made using the cloth from the circumcision ceremony for embroidering or painting a special wrapper for the Torah. Thus, from the moment of birth forward, a connection was established between the child and the Torah.

Wimples have been made by mothers, relatives, or friends on the occasion of the birth of a boy. The length of time to work on and embellish the Wimple depended on when the woman would donate her finished craft to the synagogue. Some would bring it when the child was one month, others at one year, still others when the child learned to read. The Wimple would be brought to the synagogue and a blessing made at it's presentation, reminiscent of Hannah when her young son Samuel left home and was dedicated to Temple service.

The Wimples were decorated to match the parents hopes and aspirations for their children. If a name lent itself to illustration, it was often illustrated.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica
Textiles:    Checked