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  • Object: Antimen

    Oct 02, 2018

    I-0529e Antimen Lebanese United States 20th Century Materials: Cloth and Thread This object is an Antimen or Antimension which translates to “instead of the table” and is used in Orthodox Christian churches. It is an authorizing document printed on cloth [...]

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  • Object: Ketubah

    Oct 01, 2018

    2014.3.8 Marriage Certificate (Ketubah) Jewish England 1903 Materials: Animal Parchment, Ink In many cultures around the world, marriage is a major life event that celebrates the legal and/or spiritual union of two people. Marriage ceremonies have been around since ancient [...]

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  • Object: Torah

    Sep 27, 2018

    2014.4.1 Torah Jewish Texas Mid-19th Century Materials: Parchment, Ink, Cloth, Thread, Metal, Silk, Plastic, Wood Mantle of the Law This object is a Torah (Sefer Torah), which is a sacred text for Judaism. The Torah is a scroll that is [...]

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  • Object: Staff

    Sep 27, 2018

    2013.13.9 a-f Crosier (Staff) Metal, Gold Plate, Gemstone This object is a staff that was used by Bishop John (Kallos) of Amorion of the Greek Orthodox Church. This particular staff is called a crosier which is a stylized staff that [...]

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  • Object: Tobacco cutter

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0393y Tobacco Cutter American Dates: Unknown Materials: Wood and metal Picture of tobacco plants. Image via Wikimedia Commons. This item is a tobacco cutter used to cut the leaves of tobacco plants while processing the plant for use. In the [...]

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  • Object: Rosary

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0450a Figure, Religious, Rosary Lebanese 1920s Materials: chain, gold In the Roman Catholic Church, a prayer rosary is used to venerate and worship in services. Prayer rosaries are also used in the Christian Orthodox Church. This rosary is Lebanese, and [...]

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  • Object: Mask

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0083c Mask, Theatrical Mexican Date: Unknown (likely early 20th century) Materials: Wood and Paint Photo via: Kathryn S. (Barr) McCloud This wooden mask is carved from wood and painted red with a black bat on it.  This mask was made [...]

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  • Object: Flag

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0483a Flag Catholic Texas Date: 1987 Materials: Paper, wood Photo via: San Antonio Express News   John Paul II, also known as Karol Józef Wojtyła, was the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. Being of Polish [...]

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  • Object: Etrog holder

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0512b Etrog Holder Jewish Date: Unknown (likely 20th century) Materials: metal Texas, being so large and home to such a large population, is one of the most diverse states in the United States. One of its most beautiful attributes is [...]

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  • Object: Menorah

    Sep 25, 2018

    Photo via: Collection of Wendy Wells, and Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society I- 0545g Menorah Jewish Texas Date: unknown (likely 20th century) Materials: Metal Judaism’s history in Texas (as well as in other parts of the world) has [...]

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