(The complete original online set of these pictures, larger and clearer, can be viewed athttp://imgur.com/a/7Rjbr#0

The design of this teapot grew out of the needs of Sephardic Jews (later known as “crypt-Jews”) to conceal their religious observance during the Spanish Inquisition and in later communities. I saw something similar during a tour of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City many years ago. Appurtenances on the bima could be removed, revealing objects for use in observance, like candlesticks.
For a good article on “crypto-Judaism,” see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crypto-Judaism)

The teapot

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