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of Isaac, the b irth of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt, the
stories of David and Goliath and Hannah and her seven sons.
Armistead and Silverman have also collaborated on a collec-
tion of Judeo-Spanish balladry from Bosnia, Yugoslavia (
Judeo
-
Spanish Ballads from Bosnia,
Philadelphia, University of Penn-
sylvania Press, 1971). English summaries and a comparative
study of Balkan Jewish Ballads and North African and Middle
Eastern ones are provided. Both books contain comprehensive
bibliographies. Songs composed and sung by Yemenite women
are collected by Nissim Binyamin Gamliel in
Ahavat Teman
(The Love of Yemen—The Yemenite Folksongs—T he Women’s
Songs, Tel Aviv, 1975). Hebrew translations from the Judeo-
Yemenite are provided in this bilingual book.
M A T E R IA L CU LTURE
The items cited below indicate a growing interest in Jewish
material culture among enthnographers and folklorists.
The
Journal of Jewish Art,
edited by the prom inent art
historian Bezalel Narkiss (and published annually by the Sper-
tus College of Judaica Press), has become, since its inception in
1974, a forum for the study of Jewish architecture, painting,
illuminated manuscripts, ritua l and ceremonial objects, and
the like. Several articles on Jewish material culture have
appeared in the four volumes published to date.
The contributions of Giza Frankel (“Little Known Hand-
crafts of Polish Jews in the N ineteenth and Twentieth Cen-
turies”) and David Davidovitch (“Ceramic Seder Plates From
Non-Jewish Workshops”) , both veteran ethnographers, ap-
peared in the second volume. Ethnographer Ora Schwartz’s
“Jewish Weaving in Kurdistan” reflects the interest taken by the
Department of Jewish Ethnography of the Israel Museum in
Jerusalem in recording the ethnographic materials of immigrant
communities in Israel. Ms. Schwartz’s study appeared in the
combined issue of volumes three and four.
The journal reviews current publications and provides the
public with a chronicle of exhibitions of Jewish art, and of the
activities of museum and private collectors in this field.
Several catalogues published in connection with exhibitions
of folk art and folkways of Jewish communities deserve mention: