Jewish Art: The Elizabeth Judah Sampler
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The paper examines the Elizabeth Judah Sampler, a sewing sampler which has been identified as sewn by a female of Jewish origin. The paper examines the significance of the trees and baskets of fruits. The paper also shows from the symbolism in this sampler that, while there were American influences, many of the symbols in the design have significance for a Jewish girl.
From the Paper:"As Jewish girls became assimilated into American culture, so they adopted the habits and styles of the American people around them. For example, samplers are a traditional English method, often sewn by young girls, sometimes used as a way of demonstrating knowledge; samplers often used a variety of stitches to create the pattern. The sewing of the alphabet, and of basic prayers, may also have served to teach the child their letters or prayers.
"As most of these samplers followed a common theme, it is very difficult to pinpoint Jewish symbolism within a sampler. In the case of Elizabeth Judah, it is known that she was the daughter of a family of Jewish settlers who lived in Canada in the late eighteenth Century ("Uriah Judah, mentioned among the earliest settlers in Montreal, Canada in 1768"). With this evidence, it is certain that the sampler was sewn by a Jewish woman, and therefore that the work can be examined for religious images."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Adler, Cyrus and Kohut, George Alexander (2002) "Judah" from Jewish Encyclopedia.com http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=599&letter=J
- Boggon, Sharon (2005) "A Brief History of Embroidery Samplers" http://inaminuteago.com/articles/samplerhist.html
- 'Dozy Rozy' (2002) "Simply Samplers: Sampler Motifs" http://www.needleworksamplers.com/Simply_Samplers/sampler_motifs.shtml.
- Russell, Beth (2007) "William Morris Artichoke" http://www.bethrussellneedlepoint.com/needlepoint/artichok.htm
- Tarnove, Elizabeth (2002) "Historic Jewish Samplers" from The Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework at http://www.pomegranateguild.org/articles/sampler.php.
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