Logo

Search > Search Results > Shaving the Corpse

Item ID   5376    
Open more fields Accession Number   2007.4.1 similar items
Category   Fine and Folk Arts similar items
Item Type   Print similar items
Title   Shaving the Corpse similar items
Open more fields Author/Creator Mayer Kirshenblatt similar items
·  Author/Creator Role   artist similar items
Open more fields Creation Place   Canada, Toronto, Ontario similar items
Open more fields Date Created   1998 - 2007 similar items
Physical Description   Hand colored lithograph. Seventeen male figures standing around a table on which lies a shrowded corpse; buildings in the background. similar items
Description   Lithograph based on a painting by the same title by Mayer Kirshnblatt. similar items
Description   "A story is told in the Apt memorial book about a rich man in Apt who abandoned most of his religion. One day the famous rabbis in the city called all the Jewish barbers together and made them swear a solemn oath not to shave the beards of any Jews. So the man asked a Gentile barber to shave off his bear and sidelocks. The rabbi often berated this man, warning him of what might befall him for this transgression. The man went around clean-shaven in a top had and fashionable clothes rather than in the traditional Jewish cap and long coat. He only attended the synagogue once a year, for Kol Nidre. One day he got sick. He was bedridden for several months. During this time, his beard grew back. He finally passed away. When the rabbi learned of his death, he decreed that, before the body could be interred, the beard had to come off. This man had to appear in front of the Lord looking just the way he did when he was alive -- without a beard. The rabbi ordered the body brought to the synagogue courtyard and the man's face lathered and shaved. So it was done. They shaved the corpse. This incident took place before my time. I read about it in the memorial book for my town." ("They Called Me Mayer July...": 26). similar items
Medium   color lithograph on paper similar items
Open more fields Signature/Mark   8/30. Shaving the corpse. M. Kirshenblatt. 1998-2007 similar items
·  Signature/Mark Position   Bottom similar items
·  Mark Type   inscription similar items
Link to this Item   http://magnesalm.org/notebook_fext.asp?site=magnes&book=5376 similar items
Link to Flickr.com   http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnesmuseum/6601869695/    

Related Materials

image

Detail of 2007.4.1

Digital Object Desc.: Detail of 2007.4.1

image

Detail of 2007.4.1

Digital Object Desc.: Detail of 2007.4.1

Map of Opatów, Poland
Powered by IDEA-ALM