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Obj. ID: 3495
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah coronet, Libya, early 20th century

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

The Torah coronet is made up of twelve ogee-arch units, connected by twisted columns.

The facets are adjusted to the prismatic shape of the Torah case, which they are crowning, and it opens into two halves (fig. 1).  Each facet is decorated with an oval medallion enclosing an amphora standing on a three legged base with four flowers, comprising the Four Flower Ottoman motif. At the bottom of each unit is an inscribed rectangle, creating all together a circumferential band, with two identical Hebrew dedications.

The inscriptions are engraved in square Hebrew filled letters and read:

"כתר/ תורה/ הקדש/ לישיבת/ ר"י (ר' יצחק) ור"א (ורבי אברהם)/ חדאד/ זיע"א (זכותם יגן עלינו אמן)."

“A Torah crown dedicated to the Yeshiva of Rabbi Isaac and Rabbi Abraham Hadad, may their virtue protect us, amen."

A hanger holding a pair of branches with chains carrying bells is suspended from the top of each arch.

Hooks for attaching the coronet to the Torah case are attached to the back side of the facets: two to the front units and one to the fourth facet from each side.

Summary and Remarks

The owner of the coronet, as well as most Djerbian Jews, relates the origin of silver coronets to Libya, accordingly naming them "Libyan coronets". Indeed the custom of using silver coronets on wooden cases is common among the Libyan communities, and was introduced to the Djerbian Jews by Libyan immigrants who came to the Island or by pilgrims who visited the sacred al Ğribah Synagogue. Such coronets, or rather units detached from silver coronets were donated to the synagogue and are displayed their. Examples are the dedications exhibited on the Torah Arks' doors in the al Ğribah Synagogue, as the plaque dedicated by Jacob Franz from Tripoli, in the early 20th century, and many others.

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Name/Title
Keter Torah (Torah crown) | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
early 20th century
Synagogue active dates
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Silver
Structure: cut
Decoration: chased, engraved, punched
Bonding: soldered, hinges
Inscription: engraved
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
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Measurements
Height: 187mm
Width: 280 mm (general), 91 mm (facet)
Height
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Iconographical Subject
V | Vase | Vase with flowers
| Ottoman four flower motif
Languages of inscription
Unknown
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Ornamentation
Custom
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Façade (main)
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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
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Amar, Ariella. “Libyan Ritual Objects”. In Edut: Studies in Cultural Heritage of Libyan Jews (no. 1, Tishrei, 1996). Bat Yam: Or Shalom Center. In Hebrew.
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Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
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Documenter
Ariella Amar | 07.97
Author of description
Efrat Assaf-Shapira, Ariella Amar | 05.01; 03.11
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 06.01; 03.11
Language Editor
Simona Gronemann | 05.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.