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(VII) Img. ID: 242620 Torah ark in Zikhron Menahem Synagogue in Jerusalem, , Przemyśl, 1909 edit  
Category: Jewish Architecture

General Document

2 Name/Title Torah ark in Zikhron Menahem Synagogue in Jerusalem | Unknown
3a Object Synagogue
Torah ark
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1909
5a Activity Dates
5b Reconstruction Dates
6 Period Unknown
6a Period Detail
7 Origin Poland | Podkarpackie Voivodeship | Przemyśl
8 Community Ashkenazi | Hasidic
9 Collection Unknown |
9a Documentation / Research project Unknown
10 Location Israel | Jerusalem
| 1 ha-tavor St.
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown|
13 Iconographical Subject Crown
Tablets of the Law
Musical Instruments
Twisted columns
Menorah |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 1985
19 Negative/ Photo. No. slide
19a Scan No. S405802
20 Description

The wooden Torah ark is conceived as a protruding trapezian façade set on three stairs. The Torah ark consists of a main rectangular section with an open work upper part and open work wings.

 The main section consists of a frontal part flanked by two diagonal narrow vertical rectangular sides. The frontal part contains a main arched opening comprising two doors mounted on two lower doors.

 The doors are divided into rectangular panels such as the upper ones contain each two panels while the lower panels only a single one.

The upper panels are decorated while the lower ones are plain.

The decorated panels contain musical instruments illustrating Psalms. The edges of the panels are decorated with scrolls. Every panel contains a wavy frame repeating the shape of the scrolls.

The edges of the doors are separated in the centre by a protruding vertical cylindrical bar composed of several units. On top of the arched doors are vine scrolls.

 The arched doors are flanked by white marble-like columns supported by a rectangular base. These bases are decorated with a cartouche-like ellipse bearing a vase from which branches carrying flowers stem. The corinthian capitals support a wooden Torah ark valence. Its upper edge is decorated with a chain of bells while its lobes carry bells. Every column is surmounted by a vertical rectangular unit bearing a floral motif, above which is a three-dimensional vase containing golden and silver flowers and leaves.

 The rectangular sides of the façade, flanking the doors, are set between the columns and additional similar columns close to the wall. These rectangular units contain three panels: two rectangular panels at the level of the doors and an upper smaller and horizontal one. The lower edges of the panel are decorated with foliate scrolls. The lower panel contain scrolls developing into a ribbon to which are attached a violin, a trumpet, a harp, a flute and cymbals. The lower edges of the panel are decorated with two c-scrolls containing a central flower. The upper small panel is decorated with a floral motif?.

 The columns attached to the wall being similar to the ones flanking the doors, are also surmounted by a rectangular unit supporting a vase.

 The upper part/pediment is done in open-work and consists of vine scrolls with grapes at the centre of which are set  Tables of covenant surmounted by a golden open-worked crown. The arched Tables of the covenant contain the two first words of each commandment, five on each table.

Surmounting the rectangular units flanking the doors/ between the vases surmounting the columns are small vine scrolls creating an arched shape.

 The three stairs leading to the Torah ark are flanked by a balustrade composed of wooden columns and closes in the front with a metal gate.

 The two upper panels contain a foliate branch from which a ribbon carrying crossed trumpets and a drum descends. Behind the trumpets is an undulating scroll. The upper part of the frame of those panels follows the shape of the arch. The lower panels are decorated with a central flower surmounted on top and bottom by diverging foliate C-scrolls from which converging c-scrolls and other foliate chains emerge.

 The upper panel contains foliate scrolls developing into a ribbon to which a shofar, a lute, a trumpet and a drum are attached. The instruments are superposed and behind them is a scroll.

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21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
25a Material Structure
25b Material Decoration
25c Material Bonding
25d Material Inscription
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors
25k Construction Material

26 Measurements
26a Height
26b Length
26c Width
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks
38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
48 Temp: Addenda

Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter 49a
50 Researcher 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head 53a
54 Editor 54a
55 Donor 55a