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Bidding Information
Lot #    7407
Auction End Date    6/8/2004 1:46:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Velvet Torah Mantle
Title (Hebrew)    כתר תורה
City    [Austria or Germany]
Publication Date    1871
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   445:305 mm., red velet somewhat rubbed, gilt lettering, upper center strap detached on front panel.
   Torah mantle donated by Haver Reb Eisig Kunta and his wife Genandel daughter of Abraham: [5]631 (1871. The title Haver is conferrred on Rabbis in German and Bohemian communities.

The mantle is utilized to dress the Torah covering the scrolls through the top of which protrude the two staves, called azei hayyim ("trees of life"), on which the scroll is rolled. Traditionally, the donor of the mantle inscribes his or her name thereon, or more often dedicates the inscription to a deceased relative. When the Torah is paraded through the congregation the congregants kiss the the mantle as a symbol of reverence and respect for the scrolls. The donor thus becomes an honored member of the community. As such these donations were generally reserved for the prominent members of the community.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica
Religious Articles:    Checked