Obj. ID: 3140
Sacred and Ritual Objects Rimonim (Egypt)
The tower-shaped Torah finial consists of a shaft, a body, and an apex.
The cylindrical shaft is mounted over a raised, round base. A Hebrew dedicatory inscription is engraved on each of the shafts, written in square outlined letters. It reads:
"קהל קדוש די זרד"ל קדמונא"
"(Dedicated to the) Holy congregation of the Old Zaradel (synagogue)." (See: Remarks).
A hemispherical base supports the tower-shaped body, formed of seven open-worked facets, in two tiers. The lower tier is surrounded by an arcade, while the upper has rectangular openings on which Sanctuary Implements are attached in pairs (fig. 1): a cluster of grapes and the Tablets of the Covenant, the High Priest's mitre and an incense burner, the hoshenand the altar of burning, a cluster of grapes and the altar of incense, the basin and the priestly garments, a missing implement and a five-branched menorah, two hands in a priestly blessing and the altar of burning.
A round cupola decorated with a whorl of leaves radiating from the centre and topped by a bud-shaped apex, surmounts the tower. Bells are suspended from holes pierced around the tower's bottom edges.
The tower-shaped body is encircled by Sanctuary Implements and foliate motifs.