Obj. ID: 39240
Sacred and Ritual Objects Tefillin bag, Algiers, 1897
The following description was prepared by William Gross:
This very graceful form container is the standard shape for Tefilin bags in Algeria. All decoration and inscriptions are applied with tightly embroidered metallic gold threads. The name of the Bar Mitzvah boy to whom it was presented is inscribed in both Hebrew and Latin characters. This shows the very strong French influence among the Jews of Algeria. Embroidered on both sides of the bag, the motif of the two lions holding a crown is another adoption of European forms. Such a motif can be found on most Torah mantles, Torah curtains and Torah shields in Europe. This object is therefore an interesting integration of the original North African form with the European influence in the inscription and the decorative motifs. The bag is lined with silk fabric.
Inscription: SIDE 1 (HEBREW): DAVID SOUSSAN
SIDE 2 (FRENCH): ALGER. LE 25 MAI, 1897. DAVID SOUSSAN