Jewish Museum Mid-century Modern Torah Pointer

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    This Torah pointer is a reproduction of an original Torah pointer in the Jewish Museum’s collection designed by Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert (1900-1981). Handcrafted exclusively for the Jewish Museum by Topázio in Portugal, each is produced in fine sterling silverplate over brass with slight variation from the original design due to the production process.
    Ludwig Wolpert was a pioneer in the reinvention of Judaica, blending ceremonial traditions with Modernist design. Trained by Bauhaus silversmiths in 1930s Germany, he created Jewish ceremonial objects that exhibit the influence of abstraction and the refined attention to surfaces and materials of the midcentury. Wolpert was the head of the Jewish Museum's Tobe Pascher Workshop, which was established in 1956, until his death in 1981. While there, he defined the Workshop's approach to Judaica through a style defined by values of modern functionalism, unique use of Hebrew lettering, and designs with smooth surfaces, geometric & simplistic designs, and a lack of ornamentation.
    About the Original:
    Torah Pointer
    Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert (American, b. Germany, 1900-1981)
    Israel, 1950s (?)
    Silver 9 3/16 × 1 1/8 in. (23.4 × 2.9 cm)
    The Jewish Museum, New York
    Betty Wolpert, widow of the artist, 1992-162
    Sterling silverplate over brass
    9-3/16" × 1-1/8"
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