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Obj. ID: 3619
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah coronet, Tunisia

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

The Torah coronet is made up of eleven rectangular units connected by gilded twisted columns.

The facets are adjusted to the prismatic shape of the Torah case, which they are crowning. Each facet is an open-work façade with a trefoil arched gate set against a floral background of winding branches with roses (fig. 1). The arch is flanked by two columns supported by bases and topped by capitals shaped as a whorl of leaves. A stepped architrave surmounts the gate, while a lotus tops the gate and a lily is enclosed within the trefoil arch.

A parapet is set at the lower part of the gate, surmounted by the Tables of the Covenant. The arched Tables are inscribed with the beginnings of the Ten Commandments, five on each side, topped by a flower.

Each facet is crowned by a crenellated crown surmounting a strip with the Hebrew inscription: "כתר תורה" "The Crown of Torah". A rectangle with a blank ellipse in its centre is engraved on the base of each facet.

Two twisted columns with acorn shaped finials are bordering each facet, and serve as hinges. Each is mounted over a cylindrical base and topped by a floral capital.

Hooks for suspending the coronet to the case are attached to the back side of each facet.

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Name/Title
Keter Torah (Torah crown) | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1856-1905 (hallmark)
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown | Tunisia, Djerba, Hara Kbira
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown| Tunisian after a Libyan model
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Hussenite Dynasty under Ottoman (1705-1881) and Fr
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Material Stucture
cast
Material Decoration
cast
Material Bonding
hinges, soldered
Material Inscription
cast
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
23 cm
Length
Width
118.5 cm
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
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

• Amar, Ariella. “Libyan Ritual Objects”. In Edut: Studies in Cultural Heritage of Libyan Jews (no. 1, Tishrei, 1996), pp. 21-25. Bat Yam: Or Shalom Center. In Hebrew.

• Yaniv, Bracha. The Torah Case: Its History and Design. Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University Press and the Ben Zvi Institute, 1997. In Hebrew.

Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 07.97
Author of description
Efrat Assaf-Shapira; Ariella Amar | 08.01; 05.11
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 09.01; 05.11
Language Editor
Dvora Sax | 10.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.