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Obj. ID: 656
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  Torah shield, Odessa

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1992

The silver Torah shield is rectangular with undulating edges and is decorated symmetricaly with a central axis.

In the centre is a depiction of the tables of the covenant inscribed with the beginning of the ten commandments. A bird facing downwards spreads its wings and legs is set above the tablets which are held by two rampant lions, regardant and revealing tongues. Each lion is flanked by a column decorated with twisted lines and headed by a capital of foliate scrolls on which a squirrel is sitting. Each squirrel holds a branchs, face the other and have a nut-like knob on its head. Two rectangular plaques support the columns and flank a medallion bears inscription which read from right to left in square letters:

"חיים לייב בר' )בן רבי( מענדיל##נחמה חיה בת ר' )רבי(סענדער##גאלדשטיין"

"Haim Leyb son of Rabbi Mendel, Nehamah Haia daughter of Rabbi Sender Goldshtein".

The central medallion is surrounded by a garland of scrolls. Two birds facing each other are depicted below the plaques in the lower corners. A dominant crown, decorated with a pattern of dots and diamonds, is depicted in the upper central part of the shield.

Scrolls and flowers fill the remaining areas between the various motives and a pattern of dots decorate the edges of the shield.

Summary and Remarks

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Object Detail
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Date
1850-1899?
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Ornamentation
Custom
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Pricking
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Direction/Location
Façade (main)
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Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
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Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
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