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Obj. ID: 3589
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah Ark curtain

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

The square parokhet is inscribed with a dedication divided into two by a central Star of David enclosing the word "Zion", which is part of the dedication. It is flanked by chandeliers suspended from a foliate hanger. Four additional stars are set at each corner, whereas a crescent and a star (hilal) are on the central bottom part.

The Hebrew dedication is embroidered in square linear letters, and reads:

"פרוכת להיכל הקודש/ של בהכנ"ס (בית הכנסת) גפצא יע"א (יכוננה עליון אמן)/ 'שויתי י' לנגדי תמיד כי מימיני בל אמוט' (תהלים טז:ח)/ 'כי עין בעין יראו בשוב י' את/ ציון' (ישעיה נב:ח)// הקדש לעילוי נשמת החו"ש (החכם ושלם) הדו"מ (הדיין ומורה)/ כמה"ר (כבוד מורנו הרב) ר' חי כהן/ זצ"ל (זכר צדיק לברכה) וזיע"ה (וזיע"א !)."

"A parokhet (dedicated) for the holy ark of the Gafsa Synagogue (see: Remarks: no. 1), may the Sublime establish it, amen. 'I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved (Ps. 16:8). ''For they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion' (Isa. 52:8). Dedicated for the exaltation of the soul of the wise and faithful, the judge (dayan) and teacher, our honourable teacher the Rabbi Hai Cohen (see: Remarks: no. 2), the righteous of blessed memory, may his virtue protect us, amen." 

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Object Detail
Date
Early 20th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
North African | Tunisian
| Tunisia, Gafsa
Congregation
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period Detail
Husseinite Dynasty under Ottoman Rule (1705-1881)
Collection
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
107 cm
Length
Width
106 cm
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
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
Coordinates: 0.000000, 0.000000
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
Gila Pollack | 08.98
Author of description
Ariella Amar | 12.09
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 12.09
Language Editor
Dvora Sax | 10.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.