Torah finials, Greece, Ioannina, Beginning of the 20th c., JMG- 64 (81.102.2)
Category: Ritual object
Material & Technique
Structure: raised (body), hammered (shaft)
Decoration: sawed, folded
Bonding: soldered, folded
Height: 340 mm (general), 190 mm (shaft)
Diameter: 113 mm (general), 29 mm (shaft)
The globular Torah finial consists of a shaft, a body and an apex.
The cylindrical tapering shaft is supported by a round raised base. The globular body is divided by a narrow strip into two compressed hemispheres, from which were hung chains carrying bells (see: Condition). Two open-work coronets adorn the finial on top and bottom. The finial terminates with an undulating conical apex.
The Torah finials were donated to the Jewish Museum of Greece by the Jewish community of Ioannina on 24.03.81.
The finials are in bad condition. They are crooked and partly broken. The chains and the bells are missing.
The finial resembles the structure and general shape of another pair of finials originating in Ioannina. Cf. Sc. 526 – 66 (inv. no. 81.104). This pair also bears resemblance to the general shape of finials, documented in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw (Muzeum zydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego W Polsce Sc. - 13; fig. 1). The finials are part of a collection of ritual objects that were brought by the Jews from Saloniki and Ioannina to Auschwitz. After the war, part of this collection was transferred to the Jewish Institute.
Fig. 1. Torah finials, Greece, Saloniki, 20th century, Sc.-13
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