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Obj. ID: 3485
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  Torah case, Tunisia, mid-18th century

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

The prismatic Torah case consists of a body and a coronet.

The case opens in the centre on the front facet, forming two halves joined in the back by a steady facet (fig. 1).

The body comprises ten facets and is encircled, at its upper edge by a wooden stepped strip, while its lower edge is surrounded by a pair of similar strips, enclosing a dedication. The upper and lower strips create two friezes.

The dedication is inscribed in square uneven Hebrew letters, read clockwise, beginning with the left front side:

"זה הספר של החכם כמה"ר יצחק חדאד תנצב"א וקניתי אני זה/ התיק משלי." 

"This is the (Torah) scroll, (made by or used by) the wise man, our honourable teacher, Rabbi Isaac (Itzhak) Hadad, May his soul be bound in the bond (of life), amen. And I bought this case from my own (money)" (see: History/Provenance). 

Each facet is decorated with a vertical pattern composed of two multifoil arches, set on the top and the bottom, interlaced with a central medallion. The arches and medallion create three circumferential bands. The medallion encloses a large open flower whereas the arches enfold twin intertwined scrolled branches, forming a pear shape topped by an onion-shaped crest and surmounting a lily. The patterns are painted in red, green, yellow and blue against an orange background.

The crenellated coronet is composed of ten units, which continue the body's facets (figs. 1, 2). Each unit encloses a carved geometrical lotus, surmounted by stepped crenellations, framed with a red contour and decorated with a scrolled branch.

The inner face of the Torah case is plain wood painted red (fig. 1). Each half has a double shelf at its bottom.

Two holes for inserting the Torah staves appear at the bottom and top. 

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Object Detail
Date
mid-18th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Wood, paint on wood
Structure: sawed, carved
Decoration: painted, carved
Bonding: nailed, hinged, glued
Inscription: paint and ink
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 860 mm (general), 740 mm (body), 100 mm (coronet)
Width: 345 mm (body), 115 mm (facet)
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Condition
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Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
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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
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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
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Trade Mark
Binding
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Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
The case housed a Torah scroll attributed to R. Itzhak Hadad, who died in 1750. It was once part of the Genizah of the former R. Itzhak Hadad compound, which served as a learning house, a judging court, and a synagogue (see: Complex Document of R. Abraham Synagogue). The scroll is missing.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Ariella Amar | 07.97
Author of description
Ariella Amar | 03.11
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 03.11
Language Editor
Simona Gronemann | 06.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.