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Torah ark valance embroidered with depictions of utensils of the Tabernacle
Raised silver thread and wool embroidery on silk damask, silver strips woven into ribbons; silk appliqué, tassels of intertwined metal and linen thread, linen lining
Inscribed in Hebrew: "Crown of Priesthood," "Crown of Torah," and "Crown of Royal[ty]" (Mishnah, Tractate Avot 4:13). Below: "And the cherubim shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the valance with their wings" (Exodus 25:20), "On the first day of Shevat [5]526 [1766]"; "The golden lamp" (Exodus 25:31-38); "A laver of brass" (Exodus 30:18); "Tablets of stone" (Exodus 24:12); "The shewbread" (Exodus 25:23-30).
H: 68.5; W: 160 cm
The Stieglitz Collection was donated to the Museum with the contribution of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: B86.0192 ; 152/247

From the Israel Museum publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, English / Hebrew

The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 30/11/1987 - 21/04/1987

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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