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Torah Crown (Keter) (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist
Moshe Zabari
Artist Details
Israeli
1935-
Medium
metal
Created
1969
Dimensions
17 1/2 x 15 1/8 in.
(44.5 x 38.4 cm)

About

In Jewish synagogues a scroll of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, is often decorated and honored with a crown. This modern example by an Israeli artist working in the United States fits on top of the two staves used to roll the scroll. The artist explained that the form was inspired by the space age explorations of the 1950s and ’60s. In place of the traditional bells, he used starlike pearls that dangled when the Torah was moved. The crown is part of a set that includes a shield to hang on the Torah. According to the artist, the shield’s form “is based on the Hebrew letter ש (shin), for God’s name, thus emphasizing the fact that God controls the universe.”

tags: function, power, ritual, variation

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  • Moshe Zabari Torah Crown (Keter) 1969 Metal Sculpture

    Torah Crown (Keter) by Moshe Zabari

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Credit

Gift of Dr. Naomi M. Kanof in memory of Max Tendler