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Torah Case (Tik) with Finials (Rimmonim) and Pointer (Yad)

Title: Torah Case (Tik) with Finials (Rimmonim) and Pointer (Yad)
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Dimensions: Case: H. 38 ½ x Diam. 11 ½ in. (97.8 x 29.2 cm) Finials: H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) Pointer: H. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Medium: Case: silver: repoussé, chased, engraved, cast, appliqué, partly gilded, riveted, punched, die-stamped, enameled; wood; glass beads; silk textile; lacquered wool textile Finials: silver: repoussé, engraved, cast, chased, gilded Pointer: silver: cast, engraved
Credit Line: Gift of Carlos and Terri Union Zukowski, their children, and grandchildren in loving memory of Bettye and Ben Saslaw, Del Saslaw, and Doba and David Zukowski
Object Number: 2006.9.1-3

Culture: Chinese, Hong Kong or Shanghai?
Marks: Unidentified Chinese hallmarks
Inscriptions: [FOR FULL TRANSCRIPTION / TRANSLATION CLICK ON SMALL BAR BENEATH OBJECT IMAGE THAT SAYS "8 MEDIA ON FILE," THEN CLICK ON THE DOCUMENT JPEGS, OR THE ROUND DISC IMAGE TO ACCESS WORD DOCUMENT] The plaque on the right inner face of the crown translates: "This is the Teaching which Moses set before the Israelites" [Deut 4:44]. "Moses charged us with the Teaching, as the heritage of the congregation of Jacob" [Deut 33:4]. "These are the laws, rules, and instructions....that the Lord established between Himself and Israel on Mount Sinai through Moses" [Lev 26:46]. Notes: (a) Spelling mistakes are noted with pointed brackets (< >) around the misspelled letter, with the proper spelling appearing in brackets immediately following the word. The single abbreviation is spelled out in brackets in the transcription. Scriptural references have been added to the translation in brackets. (b) The scriptural excerpts of the inscription are all iconic phrases related to the giving of the Torah at Sinai. The first phrase ("This is the Teaching...") is proclaimed during the traditional Torah reading service. The inscription includes a separation dot between the first and second excerpt but not between the second and third. The plaque on the left inner face of the crown translates: This Torah case and the Torah scroll it contains were dedicated by Rabbi Ezekiel Ezra Isaac Elijah Zechariah, may the Lord give him strength and life, for the eternal bliss and rest of his compassionated wife, Yochebed, may she rest in peace and may her soul be bound in the bond of life. She was the daughter of Rabbi Joseph Moses Hareiyn, may the Lord give him life and strength. Wednesday, the 27th of Adar, 5647. Notes: (a) Abbreviated words and acronyms are spelled out in brackets in the transcription. Spelling mistakes are noted with pointed brackets (< >) around the misspelled letter, with the proper spelling appearing in brackets immediately following the word. (b) The spelling of the last name of the father of the deceased, Hareiyn, is conjectured here and unsubstantiated, despite some effort. The (unvocalized) Hebrew consonants given for the name are h-r-y-y-n (with the double y used most often for the diphthongs "ey" and "ahy"). (c) The Hebrew date corresponds to March 23, 1887. [Translation: March 2011 by Benjamin D. Gordon, Ph.D. Candidate, Duke University]
Classification: Metal
Department: Judaic