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Obj. ID: 10960
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  Torah finials, Israel/Eretz Israel, 1964-1969

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

The stepped conical Torah finials consist of a shaft, a body and an apex.

The cylindrical tapering shaft is bordered at top and bottom by a thin ring. A bowl shaped capital, decorated with a wavy line in its upper rims tops the shaft.

The shafts bear a Hebrew dedicatory inscriptions written square filled letters arranged in four and five lines that read towards the body:

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רימון א': "קל"ה (קודש לה')/ויקטוריה לוי ושושנה ג'יראסי הי"ו (ה' ישמרן ויחזקן)/לעלוי נשמת אחותם רחל בת מלכה/ומאיר לוי נלב"עה (נאספה לבית עולמה) י"ג שבט תשכ"ד/ת'נ'צ'ב'ה' (תהיה נשמתה צרורה בצרור החיים)"

רימון ב': "קל"ה (קודש לה')/נדבת אליהו נחמיאס הי"ו (ה' יחזקהו וישמרהו) לע"נ (לעלוי נשמת)/אשתי מזל בת שמחה שנפטרה/ביום א' תשרי תשכ"ט ת'נ'צ'ב'ה' (תהיה נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים)"

Finial A: "Dedicated to the Lord (by) Victoria Levi and Suzanne (Shoshana) Jirasi may the Lord sustain and protect them, for the redemption of the soul of their sister Rachel daughter of Malka and Meir Levi, who passed away on the 13th of the month of Shevat (5)724 (27.1.1964), may her soul be bound up in the bond of life."

Finial B: "Dedicated to the Lord, a donation of Elijah (Eliyahu) Na'hmias may the Lord protect and sustain him, for the redemption of the soul of his wife Mazal daughter of Simha, who passed away on the first of the month of Tishrei (5)439 (23.9.1968), may his soul be bound up in the bond of life."

The stepped conical body is surmounted upon a bowl-shaped base. The lower part of the base is decorated with arches bordered by circles and topped by Stars of David. The upper rims are encircled by a wavy-line. Five chains with bells are inserted through loops set around the upper rims of the bowl.

The conical body comprises three steps in diminishing size. The lower step is decorated with arches and circles intermittently. Stars of David appear below and above the arches.

The two upper steps are encircled at their base by a wavy line. The lower step is decorated with three flowers flanked at top and bottom by Stars of David.

An apex shaped like a screw, situated upon a floral disk, tops the shaft.

 

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Name/Title
Torah finials | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1964, 1969
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, inlaid plastic "stones"
Structure: body: spun, shaft: hammered, apex: cast
Decoration: filled filigree, enamel
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: 278 mm (shaft: 116 mm)
Diameter: 88 mm (shaft: 24 mm)
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Condition
A chain and two 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
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
Sharon Weizer |
Author of description
Ya'ara Morris | 20.9.01
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.