Slovakia, former Kingdom of Hungary
Height: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This Torah shield would have been originally hung on the Torah scrolls. The Hebrew initials inscribed on the front plaque indicate that the last time this object was used in synagogue it was Simchat Torah, celebrating the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.
Its shape is rectangular, it is embossed with four columns below a projecting crown (representing the Torah), and chased with fruits and flowers.
Hebrew initials ST (for Simchat Torah) are engraved on the removable plaque on the front of the shield
City Mark : Banksa Stavnica (Selmecbanya in Hungarian)
Maker's mark: FB or FK
By about 2010, purchased at Baranovich Auctions, Jerusalem, by Shmuel Charif (dealer), Israel; about 2010, sold by Shmuel Charif to a private collector; December 19, 2018, anonymous (consigned by a private collector) sale, Sotheby’s, New York, lot 131, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 20, 2019)
Jetskalina H. Phillips Fund