Kiddush Cup, Tamar de Vries Winter

Kiddush Cup, Tamar de Vries Winter

Kiddush Cup
Tamar de Vries Winter (born 1946)
London, England
2005
Silver, enamel and gold foil
Museum no. M.19-2005
Commissioned by the V&A and sponsored by the Kessler Foundation

Kiddush ('sanctification') is a blessing recited over a cup of wine at the start of the Sabbath. It sets the Sabbath apart from the rest of the week as a holy time. This cup is engraved with Hebrew letters meaning 'creator of the fruit of the vine'. The uninterrupted repetition of these letters encircling the vessel reflects the continuity of the prayer, which has been recited for more than two millennia.