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Obj. ID: 3645
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah pointer, Tunisia, 1980

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

264078.DOC

The leaf shaped Torah pointer comprises a bar and a pointer.

The bar is formed of an upper cylindrical handle, surmounting a lower flat leaf-shape, which tapers towards a clenched hand pointer.

The cylindrical handle consists of alternating elongated undulating units and round rings. A round loop, through which a ring is inserted, tops its upper part.

The leaf-shape is topped by a round medallion, enclosing a flower, and set above a rectangular, concave unit. A thin line encircled by a zigzag border, frames the leaf. The back face is inscribed with a dedicatory inscription, engraved in square linear letters oriented towards the pointer and reads:

"הקדש לבית הכנסת הגדולה/ למנוחת האשה כשרה מרת שלבייה/ בת אסתר לבית מאדאר נלב"ע (נאספה לבית עולמה) ביום/ ג' ש' (של) אייר שנת התש"מ/ ת.נ.צ.ב.ה.א (תהא נשמתה צרורה בצרור החיים אמן)."

“Dedicated to the Great Synagogue for the repose of the conscientious woman Mrs. Shelbia, daughter of Esther of the Madar family, passed away on the 3rd day of the Iyar the year (5)740 (19.4.1980). May her soul be bound in the bond of life, amen.” The inscription is framed by two diagonal lines.

The clenched hand pointer has an extended forefinger.

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Name/Title
Torah pointer | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1980 (inscription)
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Silver
Structure: cut, cast
Decoration: engraved
Bonding: soldered
Inscription: engraved
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 243 mm
Width: 39 mm

Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
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
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
This pointer was transferred to this synagogue from The Great Synagogue.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Ariella Amar | 07.97
Author of description
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 12.00
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 01.01
Language Editor
Judith Cardozo | 10.01
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.