Tallith katan for a boy

18th century

Object Place: Europe


39 x 47.5 cm (15 3/8 x 18 11/16 in.) average length of tassel 33 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; embroidery

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Undergarment (prayer shawl worn under clothes) worn by Orthodox male Jews. Rectangular piece of blue satin lined with pinkish-orange taffeta with opening cut for neck. The neck and lower corners embroidered with tarnished metal (originally gold and silver) thread in satin stitch, with an edging of tarnished gold bobbin lace. Embroidery alike on both sides. Looped through the center of each flower in the four lower corners are four silk cords, knotted and bound in the upper portion in buttonhole stitch, forming a kind of tassel. Similar piece with cap to match formerly on exhibit in Cluny Museum. See Notes on collection for information on use.

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Lehman in memory of his wife Carrie L. Lehman