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Tzedakah Box with Sleeping Figure

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Tzedakah Box with Sleeping Figure

Artist: Robert Lipnick (American, born 1951)

Date: 2002
Medium: Ceramic
Overall: 10 3/4 × 5 1/2 × 3 1/2in. (27.3 × 14 × 8.9cm)
Signed: Bottom, in blue paint: 'Lipnick'
Markings: Bottom, in blue paint (circled): 'C 02'
Credit Line: Gift from the artist in memory of Rabbi Jerome Lipnick and Martin Abelove
Object number: 2006.18.a-b
Label Text
The Tzedakah box is an object of ritual in Judaism. Families place coins into it during holidays and special occasions. This money is sent to charitable organizations to support causes of justice.

For his contemporary interpretation of this traditional form, Robert Lipnick creates a sculpture of great charm and individuality. His sleeping figure seems to be dreaming of a fantastic landscape that includes cherries in a bowl, sacred texts and Noah's Ark. The Ark is, in fact, a separate piece that covers the hole into which coins are deposited.

© Robert Lipnick