Jewish calligraphic mourning certificate
- Weinstein, P. L. (Calligrapher, Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
0.31 Cubic Feet (21 x 1.5 x 17 (1 oversize flat box))
Biographical / Historical
A hand-drawn and illuminated Jewish mourning certificate or broadside illustrated and written by P.L. Weinstein of Baltimore, Maryland in the 1880s or 1890s. Weinstein incorporated images of flowers, European goldfinches, and candlesticks surrounding a tombstone into their design. Hebrew letters are written within the illustrated tombstone and elsewhere on the item. At the top of the item, “In Loving Memory of Our Dear Father” is written in English. As an object of filial piety, the certificate appears to have been made for a son to honor the memory of his father, David Zelig, born in 1840. The item measures 43 x 31 cm and is an example of late nineteenth century American Jewish folk art.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA