Embroidered Torah wrapper

German (Ashkenazi)

Object Place: Europe


17 x 384 cm (6 11/16 x 151 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen; embroidered with silk

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Torah wrapper, used in Jewish Hebrew ritual. Light neutral brown linen with crudely drawn figures, birds, flowers and inscriptions worked with yellow, brown, blue, green and neutral pinkish and lavender silks. A man, woman, a double-headed eagle and the spies returning from the land of Canaan are among the motifs represented. The workmanship is coarse and poor. Torn, repaired. Four pieces joined together. See Notes on Collection for further information on ritual use. Embroidered “Meyer ben Yosef (Joseph)…born with mazel tov…15th Elul…1781….May God raise him to Torah and to huppah and to good deeds. Amen…”

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Lehman in memory of his wife Carrie L. Lehman