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Obj. ID: 3633
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah case, Tunisia, 1951

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

527258.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 is comprised of twelve 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. Thirteen knobs for hanging the Torah wrapper are set above the upper frieze.

An arched dedicatory plaque is attached to the front facet, opening at its centre into two vertical sections. The plaque is inscribed with square linear letters, which reads (fig. 1):

לכבוד אלהא/ עילאה קדישא/ ולכבוד תורתו/ הקדושה נתקן הס"ת (ספר התורה)/ הק' (הקדוש) הזה ע"י (על ידי) הרה"ג (הרב הגדול)/ כמה"ר (כבוד מורנו הרב) ר' (רבי) מאיר/ רופא הי"ו (ה' יחיהו ויזכהו) באמצעות/ ר' (רבי) שושן הכהן הי"ו (ה' יחיהו ויזכהו) / בחדש אייר/ התשי"א ליצירה."

"(A donation) in honour of the Lord, the Holiest of all, and in honour of His sacred Torah. This holy Torah scroll was made by the great Rabbi, our honourable teacher and Rabbi R. Meir Rophe, may the Lord sustain him and grant him favour. (It was done) through the efforts of Rabbi Shushan HaCohen, may the Lord sustain him and grant him favour,  (donated) in the month of Iyar, the year 5711 to the Creation (5/6.1951; see: Remarks no. 1)."

The openwork coronet is composed of twelve 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 plain wood (fig. 2). 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 lower 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 top.

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Object Detail
Date
1951 (inscription)
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
Structure: sawed, nailed, carved
Decoration: carved
Bonding: nailed, hinges
Inscription: engraved on silver plaque
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 925 mm (general), 750 mm (body), 159 mm (coronet)
Width: 345 mm
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
Condition
Some of the knobs are missing and were replaced with nails. Parts of the coronet and of the inner part 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
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

It is unclear whether Rabbi Shushan HaCohen, was the donor, the scribe of the scroll, or the carpenter who made the wooden case. 

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Ariella Amar | 07.97
Author of description
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 03.02
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 03.02
Language Editor
Simona Gronemann | 06.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.