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Obj. ID: 3631
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  Torah case, Tunisia, early 19th entury

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

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

The Torah case is divided into two halves at the centre of its front facet, while the back facet is separated from the body and attached to each half by hinges. The body is composed of ten facets and is encircled, at its upper and lower edges by two pairs of strips, creating two friezes. The outer strips are wider than the inner ones.

Each facet is painted with a similar floral pattern in red, green and yellow, composed of alternating interlaced medallions and horseshoe arches. The round medallions enclose a large open flower while the horseshoe arches frame a flowering stem rising from a vase. Small flowers are depicted within the lower frieze. The decoration is coloured in red, green, yellow.

The crenellated coronet is composed of ten units which continue the body's facets. Each unit is shaped as a stepped pyramid. A lock-shaped hole flanked by two round holes, appears at the top of each unit, surmounting a small flower.

The coronet is alternately coloured in green, yellow and red.

The inner face of the Torah case is plain wood. Each half has a double shelf on the bottom.

Two holes for inserting the Torah staves appear at the bottom and top. (See Remark)

Summary and Remarks

An additional hole is seen at the bottom of the right half. It's significance is not clear and it may be a mistake or a result of a secondary use.

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Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
Early 19th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown| Tunisian
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Wood, paint on wood
Structure: sawed, carved, drilled
Decoration: painted, carved, drilled
Bonding: nailed, hinged
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 935 mm (general), 830 mm (body), 105 mm (coronet)
Width: 360 mm
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
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
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Condition
The Torah case is falling apart, the coronet and the hinges are broken.
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
Documenter
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 07.97
Author of description
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 07.02
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 08.02
Language Editor
Simona Gronemann | 06.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.