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    Marble funerary plaque from Kastoria

    Part of a marble funerary plaque from the destroyed Jewish cemetery of Kastoria is kept today at the JMG Collection of Architectural Funerary Monuments. The tombstone, which is broken on all sides, bears a four-line inscription partially preserved and traces of a fifth-line in Judeo-Spanish (ladino). The plaque, which...

    Embroidery from Ioannina

    Embroidery on cream silk, decorated in appliqué, a technique using mixed material as printed cardboard, cloth and twisted gold thread. Depicted is the biblical High Priest Aaron in front of the Tabernacle, wearing a costume similar to the one of Greek-Orthodox bishops, including the traditional chasuble (cape) and stole...

    Entari

    The Entari was the common outer coat dress worn both by women and men during the Ottoman period. Examples of Entaris, such as this one, in the JMG Ethnographic Collection, show that Jewish women from Ioannina during the first half of the 19th century preferred their Entari made from...

    Hebrew song book

    Within the well-assorted JMG collection of prayer and liturgical books, there is a rare publication of a Hebrew song book published by the "Ne'im Zemirot " and “Noten Zemirot “ singers’ clubs of Thessaloniki in 1929. Next to an introduction on Jewish music by the historian Solomon Abraham Rozanes,...

    Parohet, Torah Ark curtain

    During the 19th century, it was popular among Jewish, as well as non-Jewish, brides in the urban centers of the Ottoman Empire to wear a velvet wedding dress in wine-red or purple hues, embroidered with gold thread in couching technique in the Turkish Baroque style. When the white wedding...

    Mappah, Torah case wrapper

    The bride’s trousseau in traditional Greek-Jewish families of the 19th century included a set of gold embroidered articles to be used throughout their lives in ceremonial life cycle occasions. However, some of these cherished heirloom items were singled out and adapted to be dedicated to the synagogue. Hannah Meir...

    Wedding ring

    The JMG Jewellery Collection mainly consists of pieces dating to the 19th and early 20th century, belonging to the Bulgarian Hoard, valuable personal items looted from the Jews of East Macedonia and Thrace in 1943. Most of these items came from the mainly Sephardic communities of Serres, Drama, Kavala...

    ‘Genocide’, by Artemis Alcalay

    This mixed-media work of art, entitled ‘Genocide’ was donated to the JMG Contemporary Art Collection by the artist, Artemis Alcalay, in honour of the museum’s inauguration in its new premises in 1998. It consists of a wooden box with four figures, representing a grave. The work is part of...