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Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses The Synagogue to the Carousel Jewish Carving Traditions

A richly illustrated volume celebrating Jewish carving traditions from the Old World to the New.

Jewish craftsmen skilled in the elaborately crafted arks and bimahs found in the carved and painted interiors of Eastern European synagogues arrived in North America in the late nineteenth century, where they soon flourished and became creators of America's greatest folk art. When these artisans came to the United States, they encountered a society more interested in what they could produce than in what religion they practiced. So, they not only continued to carve religious artifacts for the new synagogues serving fellow immigrants but also created wooden trade figures, carnival figures, and some of the greatest carousel animals the world has seen. This volume documents the exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum, New York in 2007 and Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, in 2008.

Written by: Murray Zimiles

Hardcover, 172 pages, richly illustrated with full color and black-and-white photographs Pub. Date: 2007.


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Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses The Synagogue to the Carousel Jewish Carving Tra
$39.95