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Obj. ID: 3638
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  Torah case, Tunisia, 19th century

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

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

The Torah case is divided into two vertical halves at the centre of its front facet, while the back facet is separated from the body and attached to each half by hinges. The body is comprised of twelve facets and is encircled, at its upper and lower edges by two pairs of strips, creating two friezes. The entire surface is decorated with foliate scrolls divided into four identical patterns, each painted on three facets (fig. 1). The pattern includes a floral vase, set on the bottom of the central facet, from which a central flowery stem emerges, terminating with a lotus. The decoration is carried out in black contours, while the flowers are in green, yellow, red and gold.

The coronet is composed of twelve units, which continue the body's facets (fig. 2). Each unit is formed of a fleur-de-lys, which grows from a stem flanked by two lotus flowers (the lotuses are the connecting unit between two facets, and thus, they are divided vertically into two).

The inner face of the Torah case is painted in green and is decorated with floral upper and lower friezes (fig. 3). Two pairs ofCypressgrow from the lower frieze to the right and left.

Each half has a double shelf at its bottom for the raising of the Torah. Two holes for inserting the Torah scroll staves appear at the bottom and top.

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Object Detail
Date
19th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Wood, paint on wood
Structure: sawed, carved
Decoration: painted, carved
Bonding: nailed, hinges
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 803 mm (general) 700 mm (body), 105 mm (coronet)
Width: 319 mm (body), 90 mm (facet)
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Condition
Parts of the lower frieze are broken.
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
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 | 07.02
Language Editor
Simona Gronemann | 06.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.