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To Glorify and to Sanctify: The Crown Motif in Jewish Ritual and Art

Location: Hillel
Dates: Fall 2012–Fall 2013



In this exhibition, Gabrielle Barr ’12 explores the significance of the crown as a motif in Jewish culture from the rabbinic period to the present. Considering both textual and visual sources, the show investigates the crown’s multivalent meaning in ritual and spiritual contexts, and in religious as well as secular spheres whether as a marker of kingship, a sign of the priesthood, or a symbol in marriage. As the fourth annual Sonneborn Collection Curatorial Intern, Gabrielle researched and installed objects from the Henry Sonneborn Collection, and the resulting exhibition was on view for a year at Hillel.