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Obj. ID: 236
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  Torah Case, Iraq, 1903

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Feinblatt, Claudio,
The wooden Torah^case consists of a body and a crown. ##The cylindrical body is covered with blue velvet. Silver cartouches, decorated with a centeral branch, are nailed to the body. Silver bands, bearing a dedicatory inscription, encircle the upper and lower borders. A lily-shaped crenellation intermittently with red plastic beads encircles the upper border. ##The case has two hook clasps and two pairs of hinges at the back. The inner face of the body is covered with cotton. There are two round insert holes for the rods at the top of the case. The onion-shaped crown is composed of a main section, a crest and an apex.## The main section is covered with blue velvet and the same silver cartouches, decorated with floral patterns,are attached to it. The silver crest is undulating and consists of a conical lower part and a globular upper part. Five chains with beads are attached to the globular section. The crest is decorated with vertical bands which bear a floral pattern and blanck bands intermittently.##It is surmounted by a bud like apex.##Two rimon are fixed on the top of the case. The inner face of the crown is covered by a white paper covered by glass.It bears two inscriptions which are framed with apointed arches.They are flancked by two floral motives. The inscriptions are written in black filled letters.##The inscription on the right reads: "זאת התו)רה( ##אשר שם מש)ה( ##לפני בני ישרא)ל( ## א)ל(ה עדות וכו' ##בשנת תרסג ל]פ"ק[." Deut.4:44 follwed by " In the year (5)663$$1(1903)." The dedicatory inscription on the left reads: "תיק זה ## וספר תורה ## שבו עשו אותו ## למ' )למנוח( יצחק אברהם ## משה שעיה תנצ)ב(." "This Torah case and the Torah scroll in it,were made for thelatest Isaac Abraham Moses Shaia .May his soul be bound up in the bond of life." There are paper bands below the plaques, bearing an inscription, in black filled letters.##The inscription in the right read: "תורה צוה לנו משה" "Moses commanded us a law (Deut.33:4)" ## The inscription continues on the left and reads: "מורשה קהלת יעקב." "The inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.(Deut.33:4)" The dedicatory inscriptions on the upper and the lower bands start from the left encircling the body. It is chased in squere outline letters .##The upper inscription reads: "תיק זה וספר תורה שבו עשו אותו למנוחת יצחק אברהם משה שעיה תנצבה תרס"ג." "This Torah case and the Torah scroll in it, were made for the repose of Isaac Abraham Moses Shaia ,may his soul be bound up in the bond of life,(5)663$$1(1903)" The lower inscription reads: על מנת בכל מקום שירצו בעלי הסת')=הספר תורה( להניחו להוציאו ולהביאו למקומות אחרים הרש' )הרשות( בי' )בידם( ובא כוחם." "For anywhere that the owners of the Torah scroll want to put it to take it out and transfer it in other places, the permission is in their hands and their representatives."

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1903
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