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Obj. ID: 15561
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah mantle from Beit Shalom Synagogue in Athens, Frankfurt am Main, 1931

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 2002

The rectangular Torah mantle is composed of two fabrics sewn at top, leaving two openings for the staves. 

The front is decorated with a Crown of Torah, flanked by the Hebrew initials "כ ת" (כתר תורה) "Crown of Torah" (based on Mishnah, Avot 4:13), and surmounting a dedicatory inscription. The Judeo-German (Yiddish) inscription arranged in five lines is written in square, filled Hebrew characters that read:

"בערנהארד אונד ריעקא/ בענרהיימ/ פראנקפורט מיין/ תרצא."

"Bernard and Rika Benrheim, Frankfurt am Main, (5)591 (1931)."  

A fringed strip surrounds the bottom of the cloth.

Summary and Remarks

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Name/Title
Torah mantle from Beit Shalom Synagogue in Athens | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1931
Synagogue active dates
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown
Historical Origin
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Community type
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Location
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Site
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School/Style
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Period
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Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
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Textual Content
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Languages of inscription
Type of grave
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Material / Technique
Turquoise silk velvet
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
laid and couch embroidery with gold threads
Material Additions
fringed strip, glass beads
Material Cloth
Material Lining
cotton satin
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
850 mm
Length
Width
405 mm
Depth
Circumference
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Condition

The mantle 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
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
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Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program

A Crown of Torah is mounted over a Hebrew dedicatory inscription. 

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance

The Torah mantle was donated to the Museum by the Beit Shalom Synagogue inAthenson 19.01.79.

It is possible that the German mantle found its way to Greece during WWII. Some ritual objects found in Auschwitz were later transferred to various places.

Main Surveys & Excavations
Sources

Amar, Ariella, and Irina Chernetsky. The collection of the Jewish Museum of Greece. Jerusalem: The Center for Jewish Art, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007. Internal publication. 

Type
Documenter
Einat Ron | 04.02
Author of description
Irina Chernetsky, Ariella Amar | 09.06
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 02.07
Language Editor
Judith Cardozo | 02.07
Donor
UNESCO |
Negative/Photo. No.
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