The Jerusalem stone Heritage Fulfilling Cup
1995, sterling silver
& Jerusalem stone. US patent.
Height 32cm, Diameter 32cm.
Limited edition, signed and numbered by the artist
This cup for the ritual blessing over the Sabbath wine tells the story of the ancient
city of Jerusalem 3000 year legacy. The eight sided stone structure serves as the
frame for The Jerusalem Heritage Cup. Each side is a precise replica of one of the eight gates of Jerusalem’s old city. Each gate is adorned with a smaller silver cup embossed with a gold medallion. The medallions represent various conquerors of the ancient city from over the past three centuries. Crowning the gates sits the primary cup atop the golden harp, symbolic of the city’s founder and first ruler, King David.
Like the eternal city, The Jerusalem Heritage Cup is a combination of new and
old. The latest technology in computer imaging has been used to create models of the Old City gates that resemble the actual structure in its finest detail. Through
highly innovative techniques, a striking likeness to the eight gates has been
achieved. The traditional crafts of molding and casting have been used in the making of the silver cups. The base of the primary cup is linked to silver tubes that lead to the very top of the gates and filter into each of the smaller cups. The age-old techniques of silver work are utilized with new and refreshing creativity and modern technology, capturing the essence of Jerusalem. As the blessed Sabbath wine runs from the base of the primary cup to the smaller cups, the Jerusalem Heritage Cup becomes both a vessel for the holy ritual and a reminder of the blood that has been spilled in the battle to conquer Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Heritage Cup is a testimony not only to Jerusalem’s past, but also
its future. Seven medallions are reminders of its history. Images of the Persians,
Greeks, Romans, Moslems, Crusaders, Mamluks and Turks are engraved on the
cups within seven gates. The eighth gate is the gate of the future. It is through this
gate of mercy that the Messiah will enter Jerusalem. Upon this cup is a menorah,
the symbol of the Third Temple, and a dove with an olive branch, the symbol of
the peace that will prevail during the Messianic Era.
Each work is signed by the artist and is available in a limited edition.