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Torah crown and finials

Torah crown and finials

Torah crown and finials

Silver, repoussé and stamped

Crown: H: 41; Diam: 35 cm

Purchased through the gift of the Weisz children in memory of their father, David Weisz

Accession number:

B92.1542, B92.1544(a-b)

146/073, 147/353(a-b)

Jewish Art and Life

Situated on the trade route between the Far East and the West, the port city of Aden in Southern Yemen had a Jewish presence already in the 10th century. This Torah crown from Aden - with an unusual form that also incorporates the finials -combines Yemenite style and foreign motifs, attesting to the community’s cosmopolitan identity. The rich decoration includes geometric patterns and biblical quotations from Exodus and Psalms, along with excerpts from the prophecies of Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Malachi.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Muchawsky-Schnapper, Ester, The Yemenites: Two Thousand Years of Jewish Culture, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew

The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004

Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005

The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by:
The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir