ANCIENT JUDAICA FROM THE COLLECTION OF DANIEL M. FRIEDENBERG
For as long as he can remember, Friedenberg was deeply involved in studying Jewish history specifically through Jewish cultural heritage. In his childhood home in New York City, Friedenberg's father had a private museum of Jewish art and artifacts. The bulk of this collection consisted of Jewish medals and plaques, which were later gifted to the Jewish Museum in New York. In the early 1950s, the younger Friedenberg would accompany his father on his frequent visits to the Jewish Museum, where he soon became a volunteer, then a board member, and eventually the Curator of Coins and Medals. Friedenberg inherited the collecting heart from his father, who died in 1957. He realized it would be his role to continue the family tradition in both the study and collection of Jewish cultural history.
With several of Friedenberg's other antiquities scattered throughout this catalogue, the following 31 lots are the first single owner collection of ancient Jewish art ever to be offered through a major auction house. The importance of the collection lies, in part, in the wealth of objects with overtly Jewish symbolism, as well as many non-Jewish items in the collection that are relevant to the desire to record ancient Jewish cultural history, such as a group of Early Christian oil lamps that illustrate Old Testament stories.