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Obj. ID: 1835
Jewish Architecture
  Torah ark, Trabelsia Synagogue in Djerba

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

The Torah ark is set within a horse-shoe arched niche in the centre of the north-eastern wall. It is flanked by two additional rectangular niches serving as genizah.

The horse-shoe arch is supported by two rectangular pilasters and is blocked by a wooden board with a central elongated double winged door. A verse is inscribed on the arch in black, square Hebrew letters and reads:

"זה השער לה' צדיקים יבואו בו" (תהלים קיח:כ).

"This is the gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter" (Ps. 118:20).

 

The arch is decorated with painted dots while the arch's spandrels and pilasters are decorated with colourful ceramic tiles.

The door is divided into four panels arranged in two registers, used for keeping the scrolls. A smaller double door for prayer books is set below the main one.

A rectangular paper plaque is attached to the top of the door, inscribed in Hebrew square letters, and reads:

"שיויתי/ יהוה/ לנגדי תמיד" (תהילים טז:ח)          

"I have set the Lord always before me” (Ps. 16:8).

The inner space is a rectangular niche divided into a main upper section for the Torah scrolls and a smaller lower part. A mat covers the floor while the walls of the inner space are covered with Torah curtains.

The rectangular genizah niches are blocked by double winged wooden doors divided into four panels arranged in two registers.

Three rectangular paper plaques with prayers are hung on both sides of the ark and on the genizah doors.

A bench is built along the eastern wall, as part of the sitting arrangement.

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Name/Title
Trabelsia Synagogue in Djerba | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
19th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Location
Tunisia | Djerba (Island) | Djerba
| Trabelsiya Synagogue
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period Detail
Husseinite Dynasty under Ottoman Rule (1775-1881)
Collection
Unknown |
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
263cm
Length
Width
Depth
115cm
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Unknown |
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
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Ariella Amar | 07.97
Author of description
Efrat Assaf-Shapira; Ariella Amar | 12.02; 04.11
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 01.03; 04.11
Language Editor
Dvora Sax | 07.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.