Obj. ID: 9699
Sacred and Ritual Objects Torah pointer, Libya, first half of the 20th century
The silver torah pointer consists of a bar and a pointer.
The bar is divided into an upper arm and a forearm. The upper arm is flat and narrow, with cast geometric designs. The forearm is flat and narrows towards the bottom. It is decorated on its upper side by an engraved floral pattern surrounded by a border of arch shapes with dots, and another of short diagonal lines. The forearm's lower side bears a dedicatory inscription inside a border of short horizontal lines, surmounted by an engraved flower. The forearm terminates with a clenched hand with a crooked index finger.
The ring that once surmounted the upper arm is broken off. The dedicatory inscription on the bottom of the forearm is engraved in outline letters filled in with zig-zag lines, reads towards the pointer, and reads:
!למנוחת##כלאפן ומשה בראנץ! !For the repose of ##Klafan and Moses Branz!