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Torah ark doors from the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles (the Rema)

Torah ark doors from the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles (the Rema)

Torah ark doors from the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles (the Rema)

Lead and tin alloy; wood, painted and partly gilt

Inscribed in Hebrew with biblical quotations and the names of the artists and donors

H: 154; W: 33 cm

Anonymous gift in memory of Mattitiahu Jacubowicz, Wadowice, Poland, who perished in the Holocaust, and his wife, Haya Rivka (Helena)

Accession number:

B64.09.3704

195/005(a-b)

Jewish Art and Life

This pair of doors belonged to the Torah ark in the Kraków synagogue associated with the renowned 16th-century Jewish scholar Moses Isserles. They are decorated on the inside with images of two Tabernacle implements - the Menorah and the Shewbread Table - and biblical verses relating to them (Num 8:2, Exod 25:30). The Menorah’s branches are inscribed with Psalm 67. Another inscription on the base of the lamp contains the verse “I await Your deliverance, O LORD” (Gen 49:18).

From the Israel Museum publications:

Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006

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

Exhibitions:

The Beauty of Sanctity: Masterworks from Every Age, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 29/03/2005 - 12/11/2005