Jewish Heritage Report
Vol. II, Nos. 1-2 / Spring-Summer 1998
New York's Jewish Museum's Collection Enhanced

New Yorkís Jewish Museumís Collection Enhanced

The Jewish Museum has recently acquired several significant works of fine art and Judaica, including a broad range of works from rare antiquities to innovative contemporary art.  Highlights include a carved ivory female head from Lebanon or North Syria, 9th-8th centuries BCE, which was bequeathed to the Museum by the Estate of Anna Ternbach.  The fragment, which depicts a woman in Egyptian wig and headdress looking out a window, was part of the decorative inlay of a piece of furniture.  Also, the Museum acquired significant groups of Middle Eastern Judaica.  Rose Danziger donated four family textiles from Corfu, Greece, an ancient Jewish community whose origins date to the Byzantine period.  Four textiles from Izmir, Turkey, and a group of eleven works in various media from several Middle Eastern countries were purchased.

William Rand, a previous donor of a number of important works of art to the Jewish Museum, has given the balance of his collection over to the museum.  In addition, the museumís brownstone annex at 1 East 92nd Street, New York, NY, has been named the Muriel and William Rand Building.
The Rands have acquired French furniture, silver, African art, antiquities, and paintings, ranging from Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists to modern and contemporary masters.  Among the previous donations to the museum were paintings by Marc Chagall, Ben Shaham and Jules Pascin; "Dancer," a sculpture by Elie Nadelman; and an early painting by Max Ernst.

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