Metropolitan Museum of Art labels Jewish tefillin as Egyptian amulet, keeps it in Islamic Art department


Did you catch that? The Met calls this a sixth century Egyptian amulet and yet keeps it in the Islamic Art department. Islam did not arise until the seventh century and reach its present form until the eighth and ninth centuries. Even if the Met doesn’t know this is a tefillin, doesn’t it have a department for Egyptian pre-Islamic art, a rich artistic tradition? Or is the all-encompassing need to make Islam look good so overarching that anything and everything must be appropriated as Islamic, no matter how absurd the stretch?

“Met Museum mislabels Jewish phylacteries as 6th-century Egyptian amulet,” by Tamar Beeri, Jerusalem Post, July 25, 2020:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) seemingly mislabeled a piece from their collection, which appears in the photograph to be Jewish phylacteries (tefillin), as a 6th-Century amulet from Egypt.

Tefillin is worn by observant Jews during their weekday morning prayers and contain scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. The one tefillin obtained by the museum is marked to have been acquired in 1962 and is kept in the Islamic Art department.

The museum marked the prediction of the time period from which it comes as being between 500 and 100 AD….



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