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The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

22 Jul 2019 - 12 Jan 2020

In the years 1348–49, as the Black Death spread to region, the Jewish community in the town of Colmar was scapegoated and violently persecuted. Five centuries later, a small hoard of coins and jewellery belonging to one of the town’s Jewish families was found hidden in the walls of a house. This exhibition brings the collection from the Musée de Cluny in Paris to New York, and presents it alongside Judaica and related works to explore the history of Jews in medieval Europe. Find out more from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.

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Jewish ceremonial wedding ring, from the Colmar Treasure (ca. 1300– before 1348).

Jewish ceremonial wedding ring (c. 1300–before 1348), from the Colmar Treasure. Photo: Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge; © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY

Onyx ring, from the Colmar Treasure (second half 13th–early 14th century).

Onyx ring (second half of 13th–early 14th century), from the Colmar Treasure. Photo: Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge; © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY

Silver key, from the Colmar Treasure (first half 14th century).

Silver key (first half of 14th century), from the Colmar Treasure. Photo: Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge; © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY

Sapphire ring, from the Colmar Treasure (second quarter 14th century).

Sapphire ring (second quarter of 14th century), from the Colmar Treasure. Photo: Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY

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