Torah Binder

Unknown Artist/Maker19th century

The Jewish Museum, New York

The Jewish Museum, New York
New York, United States

Although this embroidery is typical of Rabat in its density, the combination of bright colors and its motifs: stylized bell shapes and zigzag borders, its use is unique. Its Hebrew inscription suggests it was used as a Torah binder. The major motif of the embroidery is the repetition of the letters aleph and tof, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, which may be a mnemonic device for the phrase "the light of the Torah."


  • Title: Torah Binder
  • Creator: Unknown Artist/Maker
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location: Rabat, Morocco, Africa
  • Physical Dimensions: 9 1/2 × 103 3/4 in. (24.1 × 263.5 cm)
  • Provenance: ?.[Dealer, Tangier, 1980; sold to Azagury]; Sonia Cohen Azagury (until 2004)
  • Type: Ceremonial Art
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Cotton: embroidered with silk thread

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