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Torah shield

Slovakia, former Kingdom of Hungary
18th-century


Dimensions

Height: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2019.9

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Judaica

Classifications

Ritual objects

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.

Inscription

Hebrew initials ST (for Simchat Torah) are engraved on the removable plaque on the front of the shield

Markings

City Mark : Banksa Stavnica (Selmecbanya in Hungarian)
Maker's mark: FB or FK

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Jetskalina H. Phillips Fund