Silver Goblet with Prongs By Israel Dahan

Silver Goblet with Prongs By Israel Dahan

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This Shabbat kiddush goblet attests to the artist’s fluid, modernist style. The cup and its base are made of immaculate silver, free of all embellishment. Three silver prongs hold up the cup, finding their place in the three long, delicate indents on the vessel’s body. 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 

 

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 Prongs 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. Three silver prongs hold up the cup, finding their place in the three long, delicate indents in the vessel’s body, which create a soft encounter between the straight line and the curved body. The indents evoke the sense of recurring use, as the ritual is repeated week after week, year after year.
The design of the goblet, the prongs, 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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