These finials are among a set of adornments for the Torah scroll that were commissioned for use in Pinkas Synagogue from Wolf Zappert, a Prague dealer in precious metals. A Torah shield has also been preserved from this set. The model for the finials was probably procured by the client. This is a very early example of the use of Neo-Classical elements on decorative items from the Czech lands.


  • Title: Torah Finials
  • Creator: Richard Fleischmann
  • Date: 1783
  • Location: Prague, Bohemia
  • Physical Dimensions: w177 x h419 mm
  • Provenance: Jewish Museum in Prague
  • Type: Ritual Judaica
  • External Link: www.jewishmuseum.cz
  • bibliography: Altshuler, David: The Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasures from the Czechoslovak State Collections, New York: Summit Books, p. 121, cat. no. 50; Kosáková, Eva (ed.) 100 Items from the Jewish Museum in Prague: A Selection by Curators, Prague: Jewish Museum in Prague, 2006, pp. 108-109, cat. no. 43; Kuntoš, Jaroslav: Silver Judaica, from the Collection of the Jewish Museum in Prague, Prague: Jewish Museum in Prague, 2012, p. 143, cat. no. 110
  • basic caption: Richard Fleischmann, Torah Finials, hammered, chased, cast and gilt silver, 419 x 177 mm, Prague, Bohemia, 1783
  • 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, Pinkas Synagogue.

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