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Obj. ID: 3626
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  Torah pointer

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

The Torah pointer comprises an upper cylindrical handle surmounting a leaf-shaped bar, which tapers towards a pointer formed as a clenched hand with a crooked index finger.

The handle includes undulating units set in between compressed globes and rings. A round loop, through which a ring is inserted, surmounts the handle.

The flat bar is composed of a leaf-shaped unit, topped by a round medallion. The bar is decorated with different ornaments: a scrolling branch, the Tables of the Covenant and a Star of David inscribed:  "יד"”a hand" (that is "a pointer").

The entire decoration is framed with a running pattern of small triangles.

The back side is inscribed with a dedication, written in square linear letters and reads towards the pointer (fig. 1):

"לע"נ (לעילוי נשמת) מר אבינו רבי/ פראזי ביתאן נ"ע (נוחו עדן) י"ג כסלו התשנ"ב/ ומרת אמנו מזיאנה נ"ע (נוחה עדן) ל/ שבט התשנ"ב/ ת.נ.צ.ב.ה (תהא נשמתם צרורה בצרור החיים)."

“(Donated) for the exaltation of the soul of Mr. our father, Rabbi Frazi Bitan, may he rest in Eden(died on the) 13th of Kislev 5752 (20.11.1991). And (for) Mrs. our mother Maziana, may she rest in Eden (died on the) 30th of Shevat 5752 (4.2.1992), may their souls be bound in the bond of life.”

The bar terminates with a pointer shaped as a clenched hand with a straight index finger.

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Name/Title
Torah pointer | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1992 (inscription)
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community
North African | Tunisian
| Tunisia, Djerba, Hara Kbira
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Tunisian Republic (1956-)
Collection
Material/Technique
Material Stucture
cut, cast (handle)
Material Decoration
engraved, punched
Material Bonding
soldered
Material Inscription
engraved, punched
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
312 mm
Length
Width
53 mm
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
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
Documenter
| 07.97
Researcher
Efrat Assaf-Shapira; Ariella Amar | 11.00; 06.11
Architectural Drawings
|
Computer Reconsdivuction
|
Section Head
Ariella Amar | 12.00; 06.11
Language Editor
Dvora Sax | 10.11
Donor
|
Negative/Photo. No.