Meaning of Kiddush Cup


A traditional kiddush cup is made of gold or silver and is beautifully decorated and/or engraved with names or Torah texts. Kiddush cups are filled with wine or grape juice at the beginning of the Shabbat meal on Friday evening. Kiddush literally means sanctification, and by saying prayers and accompanying rituals, an ordinary meal becomes a religious act.

Kiddush cup TF


One of A Kind

sterling silver

marks master symbol

height 85 mm  /  3.35 Inch

diameter 50 mm  /  1.97 Inch


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Kiddush cup as a gift for the Bar Mitzvah of TF, commissioned by his grandfather

This grandson's pleasure in trying to play pieces of music faster and faster on his grandfather's mother's piano was the starting point for this design. Speed and movement, or the illusion of speed, because magic is his other passion. It reminded me of the painting Dog on a leash by Giacomo Balla (Turin, 18 July 1871 - Rome, 1 March 1958), who wanted to express movement in his works. The high-gloss polished bottom of this mug gets scratched through use, just as life leaves marks on us humans.

This cup was 3D printed in wax, after which the wax model was cast in silver using the classic lost wax method. Thanks to Horbach Idar-Oberstein for the craftsmanship with which they cast this problematic design. The finishing of the cup is done by hand.