Silver Kiddush Goblet with Glass Marbles By Israel Dahan

Silver Kiddush Goblet with Glass Marbles By Israel Dahan

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This Shabbat kiddish goblet attests to the artist’s fluid, modernist style. The cup and its base are made of immaculate silver, free of all embellishment. On the underside of the cup, the artist has crafted three round indents, niches in which the glass marbles settle as they support the cup when it is laid in place. The design dictates the action, making it impossible to place the goblet on its base haphazardly: the performance of the ritual demands full attention and presence of mind.

Materials: Silver, glass
Dimensions: Height: 3.9in. Diameter: 2.4in 

From generation to generation, in Jewish households around the world the Kiddush goblet is filled with wine and raised in a blessing to sanctify the Shabbat and holidays. While not required by the Halacha, the goblet is often made of pure silver, emphasizing its perfection and elegance and acknowledging the ceremonial nature of ushering in the sacred day.
Dahan’s Silver Goblet with Glass Marbles attests to the artist’s fluid, modernist style. The cup and its base are made of immaculate silver, free of all embellishment aside from the flawless reflection of their surroundings, highlighting the goblet’s transcendent perfection. On the underside of the cup, Dahan has crafted three round indents, niches in which the glass marbles settle as they support the cup when it is laid in its place on the plate. These indents recur in the base, allowing the marbles to serve as links between the goblet and its place of rest: when the vessel is carefully set on the glass marbles, it is perfectly stable. The marbles, made of pure, crystalline glass, are luminous objects of perfection themselves: smooth like the silver, yet translucent, expressing their role as conductors of the action. The indents, while an integral part of the design, evoke the sense of recurring use, as the ritual is repeated week after week, year after year.
The design of the goblet, marbles, and base ties them together, as each part is built precisely to fulfill its role in the ritual, but is meaningless without the others. The way they function together not only expresses but also dictates the careful, intentional use of the goblet, distinguishing it from other, mundane cups and elevating the moment. The design guides the action, making it impossible to place the goblet on its base haphazardly; the performance of the ritual demands full attention and presence of mind.

 

 

 Israel Dahan

Born in a village in Morocco in 1944, Israel Dahan immigrated to Israel as a teenager and studied the art of the goldsmith at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Dahan creates his objects in keeping with Halacha (Jewish religious law), but his pieces are far from conventional: he provides new interpretations for traditional objects, maintaining a delicate balance between his drive to create and innovate while ensuring that his pieces fulfill their traditional role in ritual. His pieces manifest the ceremonious act in which they play a part, as special attention is given to the way they are held, used, and laid to rest: actions crystallized in tangible form.

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