Mid-20th Century American Modern Silver Spice Container by Moshe Zabari
Modern sterling silver spice container by Moshe Zabari. New York, USA, circa 1968. Handcrafted in the Tobe Pascher Workshop. With the top pierced with the Hebrew word “Besamim” (spices) that opens when lifted. Marked with Moshe Zabari hallmark.
Moshe Zabari (born 1935, Jerusalem) is an Israeli artist known for his silver Judaica. He studied under Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert and David Gumbel at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Zabari was artist-in-residence for almost three decades at New York's Jewish Museum. He returned to his native Israel in the 1980s. He is known for his modernist approach, a reviewer described his 1998 sculpture, "Death by Stoning," as "elegant and beautiful," despite describing a "terrible act of violence." In 1990 he was awarded the Jesselson Prize for Contemporary Judaica Design. In 2015 Zabari was honored with a Retrospective at the Jerusalem Biennale.