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Obj. ID: 10958
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  Torah finials, Israel/Eretz Israel

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1997

The cylindrical undulating Torah finials are comprised of a shaft, a body and an apex.

The cylindrical tapering shaft is encircled at top and bottom by a thin ring. It bears a Hebrew dedicatory inscription written in square filled letters arranged in four lines that read towards the body:

רימון א': נדבת גד חי אוחנה לביה"כ (בית הכנסת) חסד/ורחמים לע"נ (לעילוי נשמת) זקני כב' הרה"ג (הרב הגדול) הראשל"צ (הראשון לציון) נחמן בטיטו/זצ"ל (זכרון צדיק לברכה)".

Finial A': A donation of Gad Hai Ochana to the synagogue Hesed ve Rahamim for the redemption of the souls of the 22 elders of the great Rabbi the first of Zion Nahman Batito the righteous of blessed memory".

The second finial bears a similar inscription with a different beginning:

רימון ב': "נדבת הא' (האדון) גד חי..."    

Finial B: "A donation of Mr. Gad Hai…"

A pressed globular capital tops the shaft.

The cylindrical body is surmounted upon a wide bowl-shaped base, which is covered by the lower widening rims of the body. Five chains with conical bells are inserted through loops attached to the rims. The base is decorated with a whorl of leaves radiating from the bottom. Floral motifs appear between the leaves while each leaf encloses a branch.

The cylindrical body bears a winding floral motif bordered at top and bottom by a protruding ring. It terminated in a narrowing undulating top. An apex shaped like the Star of David situated upon a floral disk tops the finial.

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Name/Title
Torah finials | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Silver
Structure: body: raised, shaft: hammered
Decoration: punched
Bonding: soldered, screwed
Inscription: engraved
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 240 mm (shaft: 95mm)
Diameter: 10 mm (shaft)
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Condition
The finials are in good 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
None
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Ariella Amar | 6.8.97
Author of description
Ya'ara Morris | 21.9.01
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 20.9.02
Language Editor
Judy Cardozo |
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.