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Torah Shield

Torah Shield

  • Date:

    about 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    silver gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sacred Silver & Stained Glass, Room 83, The Whiteley Galleries, case 8A []

A Torah shield was a silver plaque designed to indicate the reading to which the scroll was turned. To preserve the reverence of the congregation towards the scroll, it would be unrolled, out of sight, to the chosen passage in advance of the reading. The passage to be read would then be indicated by a silver plaque, which was practical and which also enhanced the beauty of the Torah scroll. This example includes two cast figures of stags which are probably an allusion to the name of the owner ('stag' in Hebrew is 'tzvi', and in German, 'Hirsch').

Physical description

Torah shield, repousse. decorated with architectural and ornamental elements; pilasters and arches, rococo scrolls, a pair of stags, and a pair of hares. The stags rest atop the columns which flank either side of the 'Trees of Life' in the centre panel. The top panel contains the Ten Commandments in Hebrew lettering.


about 1750 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

silver gilt

Marks and inscriptions

'12' assay mark for silver purity marked on shield for the 18th century. 12 lot = .750
Austro-Hungarian tax marks, possibly Lwow


Height: inches 17 of the Torah shield

Descriptive line

A tree of Life with pomegranates is depicted in the central panel, and above at the top are the ten commandments in Hebrew lettering.


Silver gilt


Metalwork Collection

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