Illustrations of jewish event and objects from Juedisches Ceremoniel, a German book published in 1724.
Ceremonies relating to childbirth, Circumcision, Presentation of the first-born, Wedding ceremony, Dying and mourning, Kosher butchering and preparation of food, Jewish clothes and tefillin, Lulav.
Benjamin West, Agrippina and Her Children Mourning Over the Ashes of Germanicus, 1773
Gold mourning ring with a painted eye
England, after AD 1794
To help them remember a friend or relative who had died, some people would have a gold ring like this one made. On this ring would be a picture of the eye of the person to be remembered. The eye was usually cut out from a portrait and stuck onto the ring.
This particular ring was made to remember Mary Dean who died on the 27th of August 1794, aged 73. The eye must have been cut from a portrait of Mary painted when she was much younger - you can’t see any wrinkles around it.
Jan Frans van Douven, Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici - The Electress Palatine in mourning dress, (1717)