Torah Ark Curtain


Jewish Museum in Prague

Jewish Museum in Prague
Prague 1, Czechia

The central motif of the decoration of this Torah Ark Curtain from rural south Moravia comprises one of the main symbols of Judaism, the menorah. This curtain was dedicated for the bar mitzvah of the donor’s son. Of interest are the slotted spoons for matzot which are held by lions rampant on the capitals of stylized columns. Inscription: Donated by Jacob and his wife Pesl of Butschowitz [Bučovice] for the Bar Mitzvah of their son Meir (1834).


  • Title: Torah Ark Curtain
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1834
  • Location: Bučovice, Moravia
  • Physical Dimensions: w1480 x h1900 mm
  • Provenance: Jewish Museum in Prague
  • Type: Ritual Judaica
  • External Link: www.jewishmuseum.cz
  • bibliography: Kosáková, Eva - Kybalová, Ludmila - Putík, Alexander, Textiles from Bohemian and Moravian Synagogues, Prague: Jewish Museum in Prague, 2003, p. 321, cat. no. 844; Kosáková, Eva (ed.) 100 Items from the Jewish Museum in Prague: A Selection by Curators, Prague: Jewish Museum in Prague, 2006, pp. 154/155, cat. no. 64
  • basic caption: Unknown Artist, Torah Ark Curtain, silk, embroidery, appliqué, 1900 x 1480 mm, Moravia, Bučovice, 1834
  • Ownership History: Acquired as part of the wartime shipments from between 1942 and 1945 from the area of the so-called Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, specifically from Dolní Kounice.

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