Finding from the Jewish cemetery of Châteauroux

by Karin Sczech

Philippe Blanchard, a colleague who works on medieval Jewish cemeteries in France, contacted me with a question of identification. From a grave in the cemetery of Châteauroux comes a pendant, which can be seen here how it was found.

Unfortunately, it is an iron object that has not yet been restored.

The X-ray image suggests an eyelet at the upper, wider end. The drawing was made after the X-ray.

Perhaps someone has an idea?

Cite this blog post
Maria Stürzebecher (2022, February 1). Finding from the Jewish cemetery of Châteauroux. medievalJewishStudiesNow! Retrieved March 3, 2024, from

About Maria Stürzebecher

I am the curator of the Museum Old Synagogue in Erfurt and scientific coordinator for the UNESCO World Heritage application Jewish-Medieval Heritage in Erfurt. Since 2012, I am editing the series "Erfurter Schriften zur Jüdischen Geschichte"; in 2020, the 6th volume "Ritual Objects in Ritual Contexts." was published. I studied History of Arts, Archaeology, Sociology and History and wrote my PhD thesis about the medieval Erfurt Treasure, which was published in 2009 entitled „Der Schatzfund aus der Erfurter Michaelisstrasse – Mittelalterliche Goldschmiedearbeiten als Zeugnisse jüdischen Lebens in Erfurt“.

2 thoughts on “Finding from the Jewish cemetery of Châteauroux

  1. Which would make it a very interesting object: A mason buried with his tool! I am waiting to see the x-ray and of course the restored object

  2. The object seems to be a plumb bob, which was versatile and certainly also used for measurement purposes in Jewish context, among other things as a component of a mason´s level.

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