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Obj. ID: 3639
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  Torah case, Tunisia, 20th century

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

340343.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 separated from the body and attached to each half by hinges. The case comprises eight facets and is encircled at its upper and lower edges by two strips creating two friezes. Each of the body's facets is decorated with a vertical pattern formed by a central medallion enclosing a rosette and two rectangles with upper and lower concave sides, set on top and below. The rectangles are enclosing foliate scrolls.

The parapet like coronet is shaped as an arcade comprising a vase shaped columns topped by a wooden frieze. 

The inner face of the Torah case is of 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.  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
20th 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, oil paint
Structure: sawed, carved, lath work
Decoration: carved, painted
Bonding: nailed, hinged
Inscription: none

Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 800 mm (general), 730 mm (body), 73 mm (coronet)
Width: 365 mm (general), 150 mm (facet)
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
R | Rosette
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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
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
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Ariella Amar | 07.97
Author of description
Eliad Moreh, Ariella Amar | 10.00; 01.11
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 10.00; 01.11
Language Editor
Simona Gronemann | 06.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.