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The Lilies of Worms

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Abstract The Worms cemetery is a treasure trove of medieval and early modern Ashkenazic epigraphical, spiritual and material culture. The oldest Jewish burial place of Europe contains more than 1,400 tombstones dating from the eleventh to the seventeenth centuries. Having published epigraphical documentations of several large cemeteries, the Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Institut, University of Duisburg-Essen is working on a full documentation of Worms. This article highlights an unknown aspect of this hallowed lieu de mémoire: the artwork to be discovered on the medieval stones, here the lily and fleur-de-lys as symbols and ornaments of the thirteenth century.

Affiliations: 1: Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Institut, University of Duisburg-Essen


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