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Ornamental Torah shield, Tas
Ornamental Torah shield, Tas

early 18th century
Chased and gilded cast silver
18 x 24.8 cm

Photo Gilles Berizzi. Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris
Strauss Collection, Rothschild donation
On long-term loan from the Musee national du Moyen âge, Paris

The decoration of this shield with its traditional motifs evokes the Torah and the Temple: crown, lions, fleurs de lys and pillars. This symbolism is reinforced by two cherubs reminiscent of the Kerubbim guarding the divine throne, and two angels, both placed beneath a crown. In the central sliding compartment, the engraved plate indicateswith the festival being celebrated.

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