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Obj. ID: 3479
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah case, Tunisia, mid-18th century

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1997

The prismatic Torah case consists of a body and a coronet.

The case opens in the centre on the front facet, forming two halves joined in the back by a steady facet.

The body comprises twelve facets and is encircled, at its upper and lower edges by two wooden stepped strips, creating two friezes. The outer strips are wider than the inner ones.  

Each facet is decorated with a vertical pattern composed of two multifoil arches, set on top and bottom, interlaced with a central medallion. The arches and medallion create three circumferential bands, divided by a band of flowers. The medallion encloses a large open flower whereas the arches enfold a lily like vase, holding a symmetrical stem with three flowers on either side, alluding to the Ottoman Four Flower motif.  The patterns are painted in red, green, yellow and blue, against an orange background.

A small rectangular parchment attached to the right front facet, is inscribed with a dedication in square Hebrew letters, which reads:

   "ממי'(ממני)/ דראוס/ אהרון צגרון."

"(Dedicated) by me/ Dara'us / Aaron Zigron (Zigdon; see: Remarks: no. 1)."

The crenellated coronet is composed of twelve units, which continue the body's facets (figs. 1, 2). Each unit encloses a central foliate stem, which carries a carved lily topped by a lotus. The upper edges of the lotus create undulating edges.

The inner face of the Torah case is plain wood painted in red. Each half has a double shelf at its bottom and a single one, on top.

Two holes for inserting the Torah staves appear at the bottom and top. 

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Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
mid-18th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Wood, paint on wood, parchment
Structure: sawed, carved
Decoration: painted, carved
Bonding: nailed, hinged, glued
Inscription: ink on parchment
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 855 mm (general), 730 mm (body), 120 mm (coronet)
Width: 329 mm (body), 81 mm (facet)
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition
The Torah case is broken and the paint is peeling off.
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
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
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

The name Dara'us is not familiar, and its origins are obscure. 

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Ariella Amar | 07.97
Author of description
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 07.02
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 08.02
Language Editor
Simona Gronemann | 06.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.