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Obj. ID: 3630
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  Torah case, Tunisia, mid-20th century

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

689984.DOC

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

The Torah case is divided into two vertical halves at the centre of its front facet, while the back facet is attached to each half by hinges. The case comprises ten facets and is encircled at its upper and lower edges by two pairs of stepped strips, creating two friezes. Six knobs for hanging the Torah wrapper are set above the upper frieze.

Each facet is decorated with a central medallion, enclosing a pointed star and is framed with a linear contour, all painted in a gold.

The openwork coronet is composed of ten units which continue the body’s facets. Each unit is shaped as a scrolled harp mounted over an arched base.

The inner face of the Torah case is of plain wood (fig. 1). Each half has a double shelf at the bottom and the top. A bar with nine holes blocks the space between the upper shelf and ceiling, while the bottom space is blocked by a bar with a rectangular opening, to insert the hands, while raising the Torah.

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

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Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
mid-20th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Wood
Structure: sawed, nailed, carved
Decoration: carved, painted
Bonding: nailed, hinges
Inscription: none
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 858 mm (general), 705 mm (body), 153 mm (coronet)
Width: 334 mm (body), 316 mm (coronet)
Height
Length
Width
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
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
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 07.97
Author of description
Irina Chernetsky | 11.99
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 12.99
Language Editor
Judith Cardozo | 01.00
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.