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Obj. ID: 9154
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah Ark curtain, Israel/Eretz Israel, 1970

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1996

The rectangular Torah curtain is divided into equal lower and upper parts.

The lower part bears an a sacred facade (islamic pray niche - Mihrab). The niche bears a triangular arch and two columns at the sides. A rounded lamp is hanged from the top of the arch. The niche is decorated with several floral motives. A dedicatory inscription, forming a closed semi circle around the lamp, appears in the niche. It is written from right to left in square filled letters, it reads:

“The late with days and years cut off Luna Shalom the daughter of Vida/

May she rest in Eden, 30 of Teshrey (5)678=3.10.1917

May her soul be bound up in the bond of life/”

The Star of David appears under the inscription.

The upper part bears a depiction of the Dome of Rock. Two symmetrical inscriptions flank the dome of the Dome of Rock. They are written in square filled letters from right to left. In the right side the inscription reads:

“For the exaltation of the soul of/

 Moshe Shalom the son of Miriam/

May he rest in Eden 26 on Kislew/

The year (5)677=8.12.1916”/

In the left side the inscription reads:

“And for the exaltation of the soul of/

Vida the wife of Moshe Shalom/

May he rest in Eden, 28 on Tishrey/

The year (5)677=13.10.1916”/

An arch-shaped inscription appears above the dome of the Dome of Rock, connecting the inscriptions on the sides. It is written in square filled letters from right to left and reads:

“A donation of Izhak Shalom”

The inscription is surmounted by the words, written in square filled letters, one word on each side: “Dedication to the Lord”.

 The Dome of Rock is covered with rectangular frame terminating with semi circular arch. The Tables of the Covenant appear in the arch. They bear the first ten letters of the Hebrew alphabet, five on each side. Two Stars of David bearing inscription “Zion” flank the Tables of the Covenant. The crown surmounts the Tables of the Covenant. A dedicatory inscription is depicted below. It is written in square letters from right to left, it reads:

“For the exaltation of the soul of Rivka the daughter of Asteria the wife of Izhak Shalom may the Lord sustain and protect him/

Passed away on 22 of Nissan, the year (5)730=28.4.1970/

And for the exaltation of the soul of my brother Ben-Zion Shalom the son of Vida/

Passed away on 26 of Kislew, the year (5)701=26.12.1940/

May his soul be bound up in the bond of life”/

Two branches with flower flank the inscription.

The curtain is framed by a pattern which consists of three bands: two identical narrow strips bearing floral motif and a wide band between them. The band depicts a decoration of foliate rhombs alternating with narrow vertical strips with small flowers.

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Name/Title
Torah Ark curtain | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1914, 1940, 1970
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Israel | Sc_295
| 45
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
187 cm
Length
Width
128 cm
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition
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
The Dome of Rock was the symbol of the Temple during Ottoman period. After the Six Days War it got strong muslim connotations and jews covered it.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Michael Tal | 20.11.96
Author of description
Irina Chernetsky | 16.5.98
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariela Amar | 19.4.99
Language Editor
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.