Vase symbolism on Jewishgen and in Bohemia, Moravia and Venice #general


Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

re the vase symbolism Viewmate enquiry >from Gad Nauman of Haifa - <ViewMate
VM8444 -Vase (?) symbol on Tombstone>:
http://data.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/ALL/viewmateview.asp?key=8444

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I will not discuss the symbolism of the *Levite* vessel: jug, vase, or pitcher
either free-standing or in a dish, but point to three further items of interest
in this respect:

1. The book "Jewish Cemeteries of Bohemia and Moravia" by Jan Herman has
illustrations of various types of vessels engraved on ancient tombstones found
in some of the hundreds of wonderful cemeteries scattered around these former
Habsburg territories.

2. Read this description of some of the graves in Prague, Bohemia, {now Czech
Republic] - again three references to vases:
http://www.porges.net/PragueNewJewishcemetery.html

3. See this fascinating article about the cemetery in Venice
[Levite symbolism - search for word "pitcher"]
http://www.archipelago.org/vol2-3/lido.htm

Celia Male [U.K.]