North Germany, possibly Danzig (Gdansk, Poland), 1838
- Birch veneer over pine; linden wood: painted, gilt, and upholstered
- 38 3/16 x 63 x 27 15/16 in. (97 x 160 x 71 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Gift of the Danzig Jewish Community, D 280
The intricately carved detail of clasped hands above the inscription symbolizes marriage. This Jewish wedding sofa, possibly the only one in existence, was probably used for the pre-wedding ceremony known in Yiddish as Bedeken in which the groom veils the bride. This custom is associated with the biblical matriarch Rebecca, who showed her modesty by veiling herself in the presence of her future husband Isaac.