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Torah mantle and finials

<b>Torah mantle and finials</b>

Torah mantle and finials

Torah mantle


Cotton, silk; gilt metal-thread embroidery

H: 67; Diam: 29 cm

Inscribed in Hebrew: “This is the Torah that was written by me, Servant of the Lord, Amram Azini, may the Lord protect and sustain me, year 5686 (1925/26)”

Gift of Shlomo Zini, Moshav Yad Rambam

B70.0644, 151/106

Jewelry-style Torah finials (tappuhim)

19th century

Copper, silver-plated; brass, cast and engraved; glass

H: 26.5 cm

The Zeyde Schulmann Collection in the Israel Museum

B63.11.3282, 147/131

Jewish Art and Life

In Morocco it was customary to cover the scroll with a mantle (unlike the tradition in most North African communities, where it is enclosed in a rigid case). Illustrations in Hebrew manuscripts suggest that the custom originated in Spain. This mantle was constructed by combining a stiff body and a hard, round top, both strengthened with cardboard. Gilt metal-thread embroidery embellished a cut-out leather pattern to create dense geometric patterns and stylized floral designs. The textiles associated with Torah scroll were usually embroidered by Jewish men.