Auction 79 Judaica from the Finkelstein Family Collection
Jun 21, 2021
8 Ramban St, Jerusalem., Israel

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LOT 6:

Impressive Torah Crown – Lions and Tablets of the Law – Rotterdam, Early 20th Century

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Impressive Torah Crown – Lions and Tablets of the Law – Rotterdam, Early 20th Century
Torah crown. Rotterdam, the Netherlands, [early 20th century], dedicatory inscription dated 1910/1911.
Silver (marked; maker's mark: H.M. Mansvelt?) cast, embossed, pierced, repoussé and engraved; paste gems; gilt.
Large, elaborate crown, with the following dedicatory inscription: "In honor of G-d and His Torah, donated by Yehuda son of Chaim Hymans on his seventieth birthday" [chronogram indicating the year 5671 – 1910/1911].
The base of the crown is studded with a dozen polychrome paste gems, surmounted by vegetal ornaments and a dozen arched window-like openings, each housing a bell. The top end, also decorated with vegetal motifs, holds another, small crown, decorated with silver beads and topped with a bud-shaped finial.
Pair of rampant lions supporting the Tablets of the Law (engraved with the Ten Commandments) mounted at front, above the inscription.
Project Het Stenen Archief, which documents gravestones in Jewish cemeteries in the Netherlands, contains records of several tombstones from Rotterdam with the name Hymans / Hijmans, including a tombstone of "Mrs. Goedche… wife of Chaim Hymans, " who passed away in 1895, and was presumably the mother of Yehuda Hymans who donated the present crown.
Height: 43 cm, maximum diameter: 30 cm. Weight: 3.98 kg.

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