Intern’s Choice: Adeni Jews’ Coffee Set

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We asked our interns to choose their favourite objects in the museum. Mariam chose a golden tea set which belonged to an Adeni Jewish family who lived in Yemen.

The Port of Aden in Yemen has been the home to a community of Jews for hundreds of years. Tea sets like this was used to make traditional coffees and teas made with a variety  of spices including cardamom and cinnamon.  It was common to serve these hot beverages in both Jewish and Muslim Adeni gatherings and festivals. These two communities lived together peacefully for many years until the mid-90s, when a series of antisemitic protests took place.

 

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