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Obj. ID: 234
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  Torah Case (Iraq, 1890)

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Feinblatt, Claudio,

The wooden Torah^case consists of a body and a crown.

The cylindrical body is covered with silver sheets decorated with foliate cartouches network each bearing palm-tree foliate rhomboids. The upper and lower borders are encircled by friezes bearing a dedicatory inscription. The body's upper border is surmounted by a lily-like crenellation.

The case is opened by two silver hook clasps. There are two pairs of hinges at the back. The inner face is covered with floral pattern brocade. The onion-shaped crown consists of a main section, a crest and an apex.

The main section is covered with silver sheets, decorated with foliate cartouches each bearing a palm-tree.

The undulating crest is mounted over the crown. The crest is decorated with strips of a foliate pattern alternating with plain strips. A wide ring bearing an oval pattern, encircles its centre. The crest is surmounted by a bud-shaped apex. Ten rings are fixed around the centre of the crest, carrying chains with slit, drop-shaped bells.

Two iron rimon mounts are fixed on the crown.

Two painted mirror bearing dedicatory inscription are attached to the crown inner face. The mirrors are decorated with floral motif, and the inscription apears in arches. below them are two strips of inscription written on paper in filled letters and reads: "תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה ## קהלת יעקב)דברים לג,ד( משה אמת ותורתו א)מת(" "Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance ## of the congregation of Jacob (Deut.33:4) Moses is truth and his law is truth"

The dedicatory inscription on the body starts at the upper border. It is chaised in filled letters and reads from the front of the case: "תיק זה וסת )=וספר תורה( שבו של הרב ברוך יחזקאל ישראל ח)כם( יעקב ## גדול יהוה ומהולל מאוד ולגדלתו אין חקר" "This case and the Torah Scroll (Int.) inside it belong to the rabbi Baruch Ezekiel Israel The wise (Int.) Jacob ## The Lord is great and very glorify and his greatness is infinite" The inscription continues on the lower border, reading from the front: "כתבו לכם את השירה הזאת ולמדה את בני ישראל ## גדול יהוה ומהולל מאוד ולגדלתו אין חקר" "Write for you this poetry and teach it to the children of Israel ## The Lord is great and very glorify and his greatness is infinite"

The dedicatory inscription upon the inner face of the crown is written in filled letters, on seven lines, and reads from the right: "יהוה ## וזאת התורה ## אשר שם משה ## לפני בני ישראל ## אלה החקים והמש)פטים( ##והתורו')ת( אשר נתן ## יי בינו ובין ישראל )דברים ד,מד-מה(" Deut. 4:44-45

Continues on the left side of the crown: "אדני ## גדול ה ומהולל ## מאוד:תיק זה ## וסת )=וספר תורה ( שבו של הר)ב( ## ברוך יחזקאל ## ישראל ח)כם( יעקב ## היו )=ה' יחיהו ויזכהו( בשנת תר"ן"

"The Lord ## The lord is great and very glorify ## This case ## and the Torah-scroll inside it belong to the rabbi ## Baruch Ezekiel ## Israel the wise (Int.) Jacob ## May the lord sustain him and grant him favour (Int.) the year (5)650

 

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Name/Title
Torah case | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1890
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Iraq
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Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Wood
Material Stucture
ilver and partially gilded silver plaques, brocade mirror
Material Decoration
Chaised, cast, stemped
Material Bonding
Nails, hinges, clasps
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
985 (Body) 400 (Crown)
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
280 (Body) 260 (Crown)
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
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
OR
Documenter
P.F. | 7.1990
Author of description
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Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
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Language Editor
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.