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Obj. ID: 10969
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  Torah Ark curtain, Israel/Eretz Israel, 1949

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

The rectangular bordeaux Parokhet is a cloth, enclosing a rectangular dedicatory purple core set at the top half center.   At the center of the cloth is a floral element comprised of four vases filled with open flowers set diagonally and point outwards. Each vase is flanked by two stems with leaves and flowers that radiate from the bottom of the vase, creating a cross. Four similar vases with open flowers flanked by two stems are set in the corners of the cloth and point towards the center. Flowers and stems with open flowers are spread around the cloth.

The core bears a Hebrew dedicatory inscription written in square filled letters arranged in six lines. A Star of David is at the top between the first and second words of the inscription.

The inscription reads:

"קודש לה'/הפרוכת הזאת הוקדשה/לעי"נ (לעילוי נשמת)/רחל אלחריף נ"ע (נוחה עדן)/שנפטרה בקצי"וש (בקצור ימים ושנים) ב' ניסן/תש'ט תנצב'ה (תהיה נשמתה צרורה בצרור החיים)"

Dedicated to the Lord, this Parokhet was dedicated for the exaltation of the soul of Rachel Elharif may she rest in Eden, who passed away with days and years cut off, the second of the month of Nissan (5)709 (1.4.1949), may her soul be bound up in the bond of life.

A strip consisting of a pattern of fleur de lys tied up in a ribbon frames the cloth.

Six loops are attached to the top of the cloth.

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Name/Title
Torah Ark curtain | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1949
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Unknown |
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Cloth: velvet
Lining: cotton
Embroidery: golden threads
Foundation: cardboard and threads
Additions: payets, cantilla threads
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 180 cm
Width: 145 cm
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Condition
The Parokhet is 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
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

The Parokhet is in secondary use. It used to be a bed cover, and was added a dedicatory inscription in Jerusalem.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Efrat Asaf-Shapira | 6.8.97
Author of description
Ya'ara Morris | 10.10.01
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 11.10.02
Language Editor
Judith Cardozo |
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.