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© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 7.1992
The three leveled silver Torah crown consists of a main part, a crest and an apex. Each level is composed of a base and arms. The lower level as the main part, has a coronet like base, composed of a circumferal band surmounted by flowers. The band is decorated on its lower part with a strip of oval medallions which are surmounted by a row of square plaques decorated with a heart shaped motif. Three plaques, each depicting an animal are superimposed over the heart shaped plaques. The animals depicted are a griffin-like eagle, a deer and a lion. Eight arms that widen in the center are attached to the base between the flowers. Each arm is connected by a ram's head at the bottom and has a medallion in the center and is topped by a cut globe. Four medallions bear an inscription which is inscribed in square filled letters and reads from right to left: "כתר תורה, כתר כהונה, כתר ש'ט)שם טוב(, כתר מלוכה" )אבות ד יג( "Crown of the Law, the crown of Priesthood, crown of a good name, crown of Kingship" (Mishnah Avot 4:13). The arms are joined together on top by a smooth concave unit on which are perched spread winged birds on a cut globe. A flower from which a bell hangs is located between each arm and below a bird. Six arms in the shape of rampant regardant lions emerge from a concave unit with wavy edges and support the crest. The crown shape crest surmounts a concave base. The openwork crown repeats the shape of the main part. Bells are hung from between the arms of the second and third levels. The apex is a spread winged bird, perched on a globe and holding a bell in its beak.
Name/Title
Torah crown, Kiev | Unknown
Object
Object Detail
Settings
Unknown
Date
1882-1892
Synagogue active dates
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
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Unknown
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Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Silver, gilded silver ## Structure: hammered, open filigree on a plaque, cast, ## Decoration: open filigree, cast, chased ## Bonding: screwed, soldered, nailed ## Inscription: engraved ##
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
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Material Cloth
Material Lining
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Measurements
Height
555 mm
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
250 mm
Weight
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Panel Measurements
Condition
Most of the bells are missing.
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
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Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
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Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Three hallmarks are stamped on the crown. ## 1. The hallmark depicts the archangel Michael within a cut corners rectangle. This is the city hallmark of Kiev during the years 1892-1896.
Cf. Postnikova-Losseva, p.165, no. 577.
2. The hallmark depicts Cyrillic initials: "Ja.N" (in Lat.) above the date 1880, within a rectangle. This is the hallmark of an unknown assay that was active in 1887.
Cf. Postnikova Losseva, p.165, no. 583. 3. The hallmark depicts the cypher: 84, within a rectangle. This is a Russian quality mark used in the 18-19c. ## Cf. Postnikova Losseva, p.148, no 12.
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Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
The catalouge from Wien also mentions a dedicatory inscription with the date 1878. This information must be checked. The date on the assay hallmark precedes the date on the city hallmark. This problem must be checked.
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
The Kiev collection.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Cf. Masterpieces-Silver, Moscow, 1992. no. 9. Cf. Wien, Kunsthis. Mus., Thora (Ukraine), p.102, no.17
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Documenter
| P.F. (M.T.) 7.1992
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