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Obj. ID: 3643
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah finials, Tunisia, 19th century

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

The prismatic tower-shaped Torah finial consists of a shaft, a body and an apex.

The cylindrical shaft is mounted over a raised flower-shaped base surmounted by a ring. An additional ring tops the shaft.

The tapering tower-shaped body is formed of six facets. It is mounted over a compressed globe and is divided into three tiers by blank bands topped by a dome. The compressed globe is encircled by a winding branch with leaves. It is mounted over a truncated conical base and surmounted by a concave ring with a hexagonal upper edge. 

Each of the facets is decorated in openwork. The lower tier has a horseshoe arch opening, surmounted by a flower. Two branches stem from the flower and flank the arch. An open hand (hamsa) pendant is hung in the center of the arch.

The central tier is decorated with a leafy branch topped by an iris, whereas the third storey has a rectangular window enclosing an open hand (hamsa).

Scrolled loops, carrying chains with crescent-shaped pendants are attached to the angles between the facets of the lower tier.

A round dome set upon a concave cylinder is mounted over the body terminating with a flower-shaped circlet.

A floral apex surmounts the finial.

Summary and Remarks

The Torah finials were placed on the Teivah.

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Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
19th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Tunisian| Northern Tunisia
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Silver, brass
Structure: cut, raised, cast, hammered:
Decoration: engraved, drilled
Bonding: soldered, screwed, folded
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 413 mm (overall), 135 mm (shaft)
Diameter: 89 mm, 24 mm (shaft)
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
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

The tower-shaped Torah finial is composed of floral and architectonic motifs enclosing hamsa.

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History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
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Condition
Some parts of the Torah finials are broken and most of the chains are missing.
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
Ariella Amar, Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 07.97
Author of description
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 08.01
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 09.01
Language Editor
Judith Cardozo | 09.01
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.