Auction No. 106

Letters by A. Einstein and Other Illustrious Personalities, Zionism, Jewish Art, letters of Rabbis and Rebbes and Collection of letters to Sir Moses Montefiore from the archive of the late Rabbi Avraham Shisha - London - Buyer's commission 22%

March 6, 2018
Opening $ 12,500
Estimate $ 25,000 - $ 30,000
Sold for $ 19,520
Including buyer's premium

Rare miniature case for a Torah Scroll, Torah Scroll, with matching finials and pointer. Iraq, c. 1900.

Description: The Case: Wood plated with silver - repousse work with decorative leaves and flowers. At the top there is a shape of a crown with chains and bells hanging at their ends. On the margins of the case, around its head, there are orange coral stones hanging on metal threads that surround it from end to end. Silver clasps. The case is 39 cm. tall.
The Torah Scroll: Complete Torah Scroll. Nice scribal hand. Ink on special thin parchment. Height: 14.5 cm. Height of text: 10.8 cm. 2-3 new replacement strips of parchment.
Finials: Two small matching silver finials hang on the sides of the case. Delicate floral engraving across their surface. Height: 13 cm.
Pointer: Original, decorated silver pointer. Length: 14 cm.

Unique features: Iraqi Jewry produced magnificent Torah cases, however, gorgeous cases in such a small size are extremely uncommon. A similar case is located in the collection of the Babylonian Heritage Center.

Condition: Fine. Light repairs to the case. Missing a pair of memorial plates that should be attached to the interior. 2-3 strips of parchment have been replaced. Some repairs to a few strips. The kashrut status of the Scroll has not been checked.

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