Jewish Papercutting

Folk art even the poorest folk could create

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Being true folk creations, Jewish papercuts were made for a closed group or society. Just as Chinese or Mexican papercuts and Turkish or Greek shadow theater figures are unmistakable and can be spotted at a glance among any international selection of cut-out work, so traditional Jewish papercuts are also readily identifiable--not only because of specifically Jewish symbols and inscriptions, but also by their special character. And this is true despite any non-Jewish influences.

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Joseph Shadur (d. 2006) directed the Jerusalem Field Studies Center of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. His published writing includes monographs on 19th-century history and exploration of the Middle East.