• Does anyone have a recipe suggestion to reconstruct the cholent that it might have held?
  • What are the geographic or cultural origins of the designs on the pot? In what context and on what items, might we see similar designs? Do you have something in your home that serves the same function as this cholent pot?
  • Why would someone decorate a cooking pot? This pot is inscribed with Hebrew characters “khaf hay lamed shin dalet peh” – any idea what this might mean?

Cholent pot

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Description: Cholent pot, Eastern Europe, ca. 1700. Copper, hammered, repousse. Decorated with floral scrolls and cartouche containing Hebrew letters. Cover has vent with small movable cover. Although cholent was the standard Sabbath meal, it is rare to find pots such as this one. The Hebrew inscription may be the owner's initials. They might have helped identify the pot, which may have been taken to a communal oven before the Sabbath and collected after services Sabbath morning.

Creator/Photographer: Unidentified Artisan

Medium: Copper

Dimensions: Height: 8 1/4 in.; Length: 61 3/4 in.; Width: 11 1/2 in.

Date: Circa 1700s

Persistent URL: http://museums.cjh.org/Display.php?irn=2220

Repository: Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Accession number: 1985.089

Parent Collection: Max Stern Collection

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