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Obj. ID: 12145
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  Torah finials, Afghanistan, 2nd half of the 19th century

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1987

The flat Boteh-shaped rimon is made of silver and consists of a shaft and a body.

The cylindrical, tapering shaft is decorated with vertical bands, every alternate one bearing a wavy line. The upper and lower borders are encircled by bands with a foliate pattern. The shaft is surmounted by a globular capital, to which twelve rings are fixed. The body consists of two identical plates attached back to back. One side of the body is decorated with a foliate pattern. Two cornelian stones are set in the centre, one above the other. Inscriptions are engraved upon the other side in square outline letters. A seven^branched^menorah~ is shaped out of the script of Ps. 67:1-8. The text starts at the top of the bar and ends at the bottom of the body. An inscription above the menorah reads:

שויתי לנגדי ה' תמיד אגלא (אתה גבור לעולם אדוני)

!I have set the Lord always before me. You are always mighty my Lord (int).

Between its letters, another inscription appears in smaller letters:

עב-סג-מה-בן

Combinations of the sum of the name of God.

The following inscription appears at the top of the body:

כת##כתר תורה !Crown^of^Torah!##

The inscription surrounding the menorah reads:

אבג יתץ שטן נגד יכש בטר צתג טנע יגל פזק שקו צית בשכמלו )ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד

( 42-letter name of God, ending with:!Blessed be His glorious Sovereign name forever and ever! (int.).

A dedicatory inscription appears below the menorah:

לנשמת רחל בת ישראל !

To the soul of Rachel the daughter of Israel!

Twenty-two rings are fixed to the body's rim, carrying flattened and slit drop-shaped bells.

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