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Obj. ID: 153
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah finials

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1992

The tower shaped finials consist of a shaft, a body and an apex.

The cylindrical shaft is smooth and is encircled at the bottom by a ring. The cylindrical tower shaped body is composed of four tiers and surmounts a bowl shaped base decorated with a row of leaves radiating from the center. The base supports an eight faceted unit decorated in openworked diamonds.

The two lower tiers bear three open arches each. Each finial bears different motifs of the same subject. The first tier depicts various zodiac signs (9277). The second tier of each finial depicts the tables of covenant flanked by animals (9407), and bear various vegetal motifs, eagles, and a ram rampant regardant on either side of a tree. An arch with a bucket with flowers may be found on the same level. The order of the motifs on the second finial is different.

Each cut out arch has a hole above it for a bell. The third tier is a smooth concave unit topped by a final tier composed of openworked garlands surmounted by a dome composed of leaves radiating from the center.

The dome is surmounted by an apex shaped like a pelican with a hole in its beak for a bell.

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