Torah Ark Curtain

Unknown1592 - 1767

Jewish Museum in Prague

Jewish Museum in Prague
Prague 1, Czechia

This curtain, together with a mantle dating from 1592, was donated to the newly dedicated Maisel Synagogue by its founder, Mordecai Maisel, Primas of the Jewish community, patron and promoter of the ghetto. Like many other synagogue textiles, this curtain was later restored (according to the inscription in 1767). Of interest is the embroidery of the text with freshwater pearls, which was a characteristic decorative technique in Bohemia at the time. Inscription: Donated by Mordecai ben Samuel Maisel and his wife Frumet bat Isaac Rofe (1592); restored by the town wardens (1767).

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  • Title: Torah Ark Curtain
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1592 - 1767
  • Location: Prague, Bohemia
  • Physical Dimensions: w1630 x h2300 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. 202, cat. no. 276; Kosáková, Eva (ed.) 100 Items from the Jewish Museum in Prague: A Selection by Curators, Prague: Jewish Museum in Prague, 2006, pp. 38/39, cat. no. 8
  • basic caption: Unknown Artist, Torah Ark Curtain, silk, embroidery, freshwater pearls, appliqué, 2300 x 1630 mm, Bohemia, Prague, 1592, reworked in 1767
  • 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 Prague.