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Obj. ID: 9700
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Torah finials, Tunisia, 1856-1905

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 1990

The silver tower-like rimon consists of a shaft, a body, a head and an apex. The cylindrical shaft is supported by a raised round base. A petal pattern encircles its edges. The shaft is smooth. The body is hexagonal and in the shape of two diminishing stories. It is mounted over a bowled body base which is decorated with a frieze of foliate pattern flanked by two rocailles with whorls around the base. Each facet depicts an arched window which contains a vase (laver?, basin?) on the lower storey and a seven branched menorah on the top. The arch is decorated with flowers. Pillars in the shape of a three fingered hand topped by a crescent are attached between each facet on both stories. Those on the lower storey carry chains with conical bells. The head is mounted over the body. It has a concave shape topped by a domed cap. An inscription punched in square letters between a double-lined frame encircles the head and reads: !לונה לבית אליהו כשכש! !Luna of the house of Eliyahu Khashkhash.! A bud shaped apex mounted over a flower circlet is on top.

For similar finials see object 19623.

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Name/Title
Torah finials | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1856-1905
Synagogue active dates
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
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Community type
Congregation
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Period
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Collection
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Material/Technique
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Material Decoration
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Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
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Condition
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Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
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Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
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0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
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Ruling
Pricking
Quires
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Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
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Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
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Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
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Signature
Colophon
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Group
Group
Group
Group
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Suggested Reconsdivuction
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Computer Reconstruction
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