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Obj. ID: 3648
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  Torah case wrapper, Tunisia, end of the 19th century

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

The rectangular Torah case wrapper is divided vertically into a central narrow rectangle, flanked by two square panels. The central panel is adorned with an elongated ogee arch, enclosing a vase topped by on open hand (hamsa).

The side panels are decorated in a symmetrical pattern, depicting four foliate patterns forming rhomboids, set on each of the corners, point towards a central open flower, and surround it. 

The rhomboids are formed by scrolled fleurs-de lys, while four smaller flowers are set between them.

The entire wrapper and the panels are framed with stripes decorated with a pattern of open hands (hamsa), crescents (hilal), stars and flowers.

Ten hooks for hanging the wrapper on the Torah case are attached to its upper edge, while a strip of fringes is attached to its bottom. 

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Name/Title
Torah case wrapper | Unknown
Object Detail
al haf
Date
end of the 19th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Southern Tunisian| Tunisian and Libyan
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Silk, cotton
Cloth: silk bordeaux velvet
Lining: cotton in tabby
Decoration: gold and silver threads in laid and couched embroidery
Foundation: cotton in twill
Inscription: gold and silver threads in laid and couched embroidery
Foundation: cotton in twill
Additions: industrial strip of wound gold and silver threads, fringes
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 380 mm
Width: 930 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
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

The strips are of French origin, and were especially made for the North African customers.

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History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Efrat Assaf-Shapira | 07.97
Author of description
Ariella Amar | 10.01
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
Ariella Amar | 10.01
Language Editor
Simona Gronemann | 05.11
Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.