Obj. ID: 2236
Jewish Architecture Leipziger Temple in Piatra Neamţ – Torah ark and amud
To the main object: Leipziger Temple in Piatra Neamţ – Prayer hall
The eastern wall of the prayer hall presents a complicated architectural decoration. A wall painting depicts tall columns supporting elaborate neo-Gothic pendentives. The Torah ark is situated in the center of the eastern wall and represents a high, three-tiered construction against the backdrop of a luxurious red curtain. The Torah ark is fashioned in the shape of a portal. It is carved, painted, and gilded, with decorations depicting lions, birds, trumpeting gryphons, the stone Tablets of the Law, and hands portraying the high priestly blessing. The upper tier of the Torah ark contains two oval paintings of Egyptian pyramids and ruins. Above the Torah ark stands a large gilded double-headed eagle with a single crown placed on its heads.
Above the two oval paintings in the upper tier of the Torah ark, within a round medallion containing a Magen David:
כת [=כתר תורה]
Translation: Crown of the Torah
Above the Torah ark:
מכינו [אבינו] מלכנו פתח שערי שמים לתפלתינו
Translation: Our father, our king, open the gates of heaven to our prayers!