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Fish-Shaped Besamin Box

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This fish shaped spice box was used to mark the end of the Sabbath.

About the Model

A Besamin box served as a container for spices. They were used during the end of the Sabbath. The besamin boxes were usually tower shaped, whereas this one from Sącz, Poland, is in the shape of a fish with a hinge that could be opened and closed.

Category

Arts + Humanities

Keywords

spice, box, fish, sabbath, cardamom, fragrant, Havdalah, ritual, jewish, judea, holy, religion, scales, container, besamin, hebrew, Poland, culture, religious studies

Updated

Mar 17 2022

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