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Obj. ID: 3635
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  Torah case, Tunisia, 1924

© 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 vertical 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 case is comprised of twelve facets and is encircled at its upper and lower edges by two strips creating two friezes. Each one of the body's facets is framed by a similar thin, grooved, strip colored in gold.

An inscribed dedicatory plaque is attached to the centre of the front facet. The plaque is shaped as an arch topped by an onion-shaped dome. An open hand (hamsa) surmounted by a crescent enclosing a star (illal) is mounted over the dome. Two vertical fish flank the arch. The plaque is divided vertically, following the case's opening.

The inscription is engraved in square filled letters and reads (fig. 1):

"זכרון בספר// ספר זה/ הוא מכיסי/ הפרטי למנוחת/ אבי מורי ה"ר (הרב) רחמים/ השלי ת.נ.צ.ב.ה (תהא נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים)/ ולמנוחת אשתי מרת/ עלושה ת.נ.צ.ב.ה (תהא נשמתה צרורה בצרור החיים)/ ולמנוחת בתי מטירה/ ת.נ.צ.ב.ה (תהא נשמתה צרורה בצרור החיים) והיה זה יום ד'/ סיון התרפ"ד לפ"ג (לפרט גדול) וקיים/ ע"ה (עבד ה') שושן השלי ס"ט (סופו טוב)."

"A commemoration through the book (Torah scroll).This Torah scroll is my own property (was bought from my own pocket) for the repose of my father, my teacher, Rabbi Rahamim Hashli, may his soul be bound up in the bond of life and for the repose of my wife Mrs. Alushah, may her soul be bound up in the bond of life and for the repose of my daughter Matira, may her soul be bound up in the bond of life. It was (donated) on the 4th Sivan 5684 (6.6.1924), by   the servant of the Lord, Shushan Hashli, may his end be good."

Two floral hooks are attached to the front, above and below the plaque. Nails for hanging the Torah wrapper are attached above the upper encircling strip.

The open-work coronet is composed of twelve units which continue the body's facets. Each of the coronet's facets is formed of a pair of arches separated by a column topped by a bud-shaped capital. The arches enclose a tulip mounted over a drop-shaped unit, containing a small bud at its base and two scrolls at its top. Wider stems, similar to the ones in the middle of each facet, divide the facets.

The inner face of the Torah case is plain wood. Each half has a double shelf at the bottom and the top. The lower space is blocked by a bar with a rectangular opening for inserting the hands while raising the Torah and four round holes at the side. A bar with six round holes blocks the space between the upper shelf and the ceiling.

Holes for the Torah scroll staves are pierced at the bottom and top.

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Object Detail
Date
1924 (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, oil paint, silver
Structure: sawed, carved
Decoration: carved, painted
Bonding: nailed, hinged
Inscription: cut, 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: 715 mm (general), 580 mm (body), 135 mm (coronet)
Width: 353 mm
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
H | Hamsa
F | Fish
| hilal
Condition
Part of the gold colour is faded.
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

For similar plaques see: Beit Shean

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History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Sharon Weiser | 07.97
Author of description
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 06.00
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 07.00
Language Editor
Judith Cardozo | 08.02
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.