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Obj. ID: 10962
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  Torah Ark curtain, Lodz, 1906

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

The rectangular red Parokhet comprises a main cloth enclosing a core. The cloth is framed by a white strip with an interlacing branch with thorns, leaves blue and red roses intermittently. The frame comprises four strips that overlap in the corners, creating four squares. It encloses a black square core at the top center bearing a Hebrew dedicatory inscription surmounted by a crown with an apex shaped like the Star of David. The crown is flanked by two stems. The inscription is written in square filled letters arranged in six lines, and reads:

"ק'ל'ה (קודש לה')/הפרכת הזאת הקדישה/הג" (הגברת) רבקה אלשיך ת"י (תחייה)/לע"ינ (לעילוי נשמת) בנה מאיר כהן נ"ע (נוחו עדן) הנ"פ (הנפטר)/בק"ציוש (בקצור ימים ושנים) כ"ד אדר ה'ת'ר'צ'ז'/ת'נ'צ'ב'ה (תהיה נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים)"

Dedicated to the Lord, this Parokhet (was) dedicated by Mrs. Rebeca (Rivka) Alsheich may she live, for the exaltation of the soul of her son Meir Cohen, may he rest in Eden, passed away with days and years cut off, on the 24th in the month of Adar 5697 (7.3.1937). May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.

The core is framed by a golden strip with cut corners. 

Twelve loops are attached to the top of the Parokhet.

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Name/Title
Torah Ark curtain | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1906 (hallmark); 1937 (inscription)
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Sachs, Herman
(Unknown)

Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Material/Technique
Cloth: carpet, velvet core
Embroidery: cotton threads, in filled stitched embroidery
Additions: synthetic gold strip
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 192 cm
Width: 145 cm

Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Condition
The Parokhet is in good condition though the cloth is worn out in some areas.
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

The carpet was brought from Lodz, Poland and was made in the workshop of Herman Sachs (1906). A dedicatory inscription was added in Jerusalem by the Sepahrdic community (1937).

The parokhet is a secondary use. It was probably exported from Poland as a rug, sold in the local market. 

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Einat Ron | 6.8.97
Author of description
Yaara Morris | 25.3.01
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconsdivuction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 10.11.03
Language Editor
Judith Cradozo |
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.