Jewish ritual object made by contemporary silversmith, goldsmith, jeweler Michael Ende, made c. 1990, in Israel. This spice tower or building shaped sculptural object is comprised of many parts that fit together ingeniously. It is made of hand hammered sterling silver. Every separate piece is hallmarked and signed by the artist. The front of the building has a hasp with a padlock, no key, it just opens and closes mechanically. Open the padlock, and lift the lid up, and hiding inside is a kiddish cup. Pull out the front steps, and it becomes a little oil menorah ( which probably uses wicks). Pull off the front portico, and it becomes sabbath candlesticks. Laying down the door, you can use the two pricket style candle holders. If you stand the door up, you can use a single pricket candle holder on the top. Also three louvered doors on the sides and back open on hinges to reveal prayers (or blessings, sorry I can't read Hebrew). All these pieces assemble back together in a portable sized house. The building is 4.5 inches high and 2.75 inches square. This masterful piece is hand made in solid sterling silver by the renowned jeweler Michael Ende (born 1946). He specialized in extraordinary silver and gold ritual Jewish objects for home and synagogue use. Anyone collecting contemporary artist made Judaica should have a piece of M. Ende work. Every item he created is a one of a kind masterpiece. The top dome has a star of David. The building has 8 mullioned open windows, which means the box is used as a spice tower. Each separate piece is completely hand forged and engraved. The kiddish cup has two applied lions. Doors open on strong hinges. Stone building block details on the house make it look like it could represent the top of a tower. Over 1 pound of solid sterling silver, 476 grams.
This unique piece deserves a place in your Jewish holiday traditions. This would make a wonderful gift.
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Judaica Contemporary Sterling by E. Ende, Israel, Tower form