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Grager, Ra'ashan, Noisemaker
A.2009.59.1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The ornamentation of the Purim grager is exquisite. Granulation and other metalwork and the embellishment of semi-precious stones are finely designed and crafted. Moreover it is a testament to the Jewish Diaspora, which adds to its importance.

History of the Object
This Purim grager was either made in Turkmenistan and brought to Israel where is was purchased by an American dealer, or it was made in Israel by Turkmen or Central Asian artists.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Silver, gold, semi-precious stones (turquoise, garnet, lapis & others) 
Measurements
28.5 cm x 20.2 cm x 4 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Turkmenistan or Israel 
Geography
Asia, Central Asia or Middle East 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; early 
Function
This object is used during the Jewish holiday, Purim, during which the Book of Esther scroll (Megilah) is read. Each time the evil Haman's name is said, the congregation whirls their grager (noisemaker or ra'ashan) to blot out his name. 
Acquisition
Purchased through a dealer. 
Copyright
Museum of International Folk Art (A.2009.59.1) 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum of International Folk Art 
Museum
Museum of International Folk Art 
Credit line
Museum of International Folk Art, Museum purchase. 

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