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Obj. ID: 626
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  Torah shield, Galicia

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1992

The silver Torah shield is rectangular and terminats by a hemicircular arch.

The Tables of the Covenant are depicted in the centre, inscribed with the begining of the ten comandments. The tablets are flanked by a unicorn on right and by a lion on left. The two beasts are depicted in their bust, back to back while the unicorn that has a collar around his neck, is regardant, the crowned lion is gardant and has a human face.

Above the tablets is a stripe bearing a dedicatory inscription. In two lines from rihgt to left in square and blacked letters it reads:

"ז"נ )זו נדבת( ר' אברהם ב"ר )בן רבי( לוי הכהן עם בנו)י( שמואל"

"This is a donation of Rabbi Avraham son of Rabbi Levi Ha-Cohen with his son Shmuel."

The stripe is surmounted by the joined hands of the priestly benediction on which a crown is mounted. The fingers and the crown are rased over the shields upper border. Below the tablets is a medallion bearing the date. In square filed letters it reads:

"שנת ##תרס"ב" "The year (5)662 (1902)"

The lower inscription which mentions the year 1902 is wreeten over an old inscription that was erased and there are just unclear remains of it.  The date 1902, inscribed over an old inscription can not serve as an indication for the time that the shield was produced and a earlier date must be accounted.

The medallion is surrounded by a flower like frame and is flanked on both sides by a horn of planty from which emerge flowers and leaves . A similar design of flowers forms a background to the upper part of the Torah shield which is all framed by a wieded line.

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Name/Title
Torah shield | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1850-1902
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Poland
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Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
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Documented by CJA
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Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
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Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
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Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
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Number of Lines
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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
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Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
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Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
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Hallmark
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Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
The date 1902, inscribed over an old inscription.
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
The lower inscription which mentions the year 1902 is wreeten over an old inscription that was erased and there are just unclear remains of it.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Wien, Kunsthis. Mus., Thora (Ukraine), 1993, p.153, no. 48. Masterpiece-silver, Moscow, 1992, no. 42.
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