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The undulating Torah finial consists of a shaft, a body, a head and an apex. The tapering cylindrical shaft is smooth and is encircled at the bottom by a ring.##The undulating body is composed of a bowl shaped base decorated with vertical leaves that radiate from the center. The base is surmounted by a compressed convex unit which bears six medallions on each finial. The medallions depict: Noah's Ark as a boat-house, a goat, a deer, an elephant, a lion, and a fish. All the animals face the left. A concave unit surmounts the bottom, is composed of an openwork weave that creates cartouches decorated with flowers and leaves in the center. A stepped dome surmounts the unit. It is encircled by strips, the top of which is decorated with leaves. Hooks for bells are attached to the top and bottom parts of the body. ## A crown shaped head is mounted over the body. It is composed of six arms in the shape of acanthus leaves. A floral circlet tops the head and bears a bird shaped apex.
Name/Title
Torah finials | Unknown
Object
Object Detail
Hallmark
Settings
Unknown
Date
1891
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Silver partly gilded ##Structure:hammered, raised, cut. ##Decoration: chased, cut, punched, engraved##Bonding: soldered
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
415mm (Overall), 115mm (Shaft)
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
99mm (Overall), 42mm (Shaft)
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Subject
Unknown |
Condition
Some bells are missing.
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
Five hallmarks are stamped on the object, part of them stamped twice.
1. The hallmark depicts a cross with dots on both sides within a rectangular cut angle frame.
It is a city mark from the 1890'2 of an unidentified city, probably Odessa.
Cf. Postnikova-Losseva, p.258, no. 3858.
2. The hallmark depicts a cross surrounded by three crowns. It is combined with the cypher 84 in an oval frame.
This is a hallmark of the region of Herson in the Ukraine in the end of the 19th century.
Cf. Postnikova-Losseva, p. 255, no. 3781.
The cypher 84 is a Russian quality mark in the 18-19th c. Cf Postnikova-Losseva, p.148, no.12.
3. The hallmark depicts the Cyrillic initials: "I.SH"(in lat.) surmounting the date 1891, in a square frame. It is the assay halmark of Shmidetzki Josef Alexandrovich active in 1891 in unidentified city.
Cf. Postnikova-Losseva, p.258, no.3859
4. The hallmark depicts the Cyrillic initials: "M.B" (in lat.). This is a hallmark of an unknown artist.
Cf. Postnikova-Losseva, p.258, no. 3862.
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
For similar iconography see Torah finial IJA 9201, Torah crown IJA 9689 and Spice container IJA 10785. The Spice container IJA 10785 bears an identical city hallmark which is also clearer.
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
| Y.P. (M.T.) 9.8.1994
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Computer Reconstruction
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