Circumcision set, about 1900. Lent by The British Museum (1922

Circumcision set, about 1900. Lent by The British Museum (1922

Circumcision set
Blade stamped 'Davis London'
England
About 1900
Silver gilt, with topaz, ivory and felt-lined case
Loaned by The British Museum (1922, 10-12, 1)
©Copyright The Trustees of The British Museum
Given to the British Museum by Dr Abraham Cohen, 1922

The circumcision of baby boys is an essential part of the Jewish faith. It signifies the covenant between God and Israel and the admission of the child into the House of Israel. After circumcision the child is given his Hebrew name.