Prayer shawl from Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

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Created by
McCollough, Carolyn, American
Medium
cloth, dye, metal, thread braid, and metal thread
Dimensions
H x W (shawl without tassels): 28 3/4 × 74 × 1/16 in. (73 × 188 × 0.1 cm)
H x W (shawl with tassels): 28 3/4 × 134 × 1/4 in. (73 × 340.4 × 0.6 cm)
H x W (HxW bag): 14 3/4 × 16 15/16 × 1/8 in. (37.5 × 43 × 0.3 cm)
Type
tallitim
Place used
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Date
2010
Description
A black prayer shawl (tallit gadol) with a repeating pattern of nine, embroidered, seven-branched menorahs lined across each end. Strips of white grosgrain ribbon have been appliquéd above and below the Menorah bands. Strips of black silk braid have been sewn across the middle of the lower ribbons. A neckband made from a narrow band of black fabric (atarah or "crown") sewn on the top center edge of the shawl has been embroidered in silver thread with the Hebrew tallit blessing and is surrounded on either side by a seven-branched menorah. Each corner of the tallit has been reinforced with a black square of fabric sewn on the verso of the tallit and threaded through with a long, white, silk tassel (tzitziot). The shawl edges have been trimmed in black ribbon. The tallit bag is black with the name of the owner in Hebrew [Rabbi Shmuel Y'funnye] embroidered in silver thread on the front of the bag. Next to his name is a seven-branched menorah also embroidered in silver thread. The bag has a black zipper closure on the top of the bag.
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Identity
Religious groups
United States--Social life and customs
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Gift of Rabbi Capers Funnye and the Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation
Object number
2011.88.4ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Religious and Sacred Objects
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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