At the turn of the 18th century, there were only two settlements in the Hungarian Kingdom where the landlords gave special permissions to Jewish goldsmiths. the restrictive provisions, a significant part of the synagogue ritual objects was made by non-Jewish masters. The Bratislava-Ortelec based members of the Jewish Becker family were prominent goldsmith masters who, in addition to the everyday objects made of silver, also made Torah jewelry in order to decorate the Torah scrolls of the neighboring Jewish communities. One of these is the Torah shield forms a canopy shape combined with the then-fashionable decorative style.


  • Title: Torah shield
  • Creator: Fridericus Becker
  • Date Created: 1810
  • Location: Bratislava

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