1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to sidebar


Snapshots

  1. Inscription

    Snapshot Title: Inscription
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    Torah Crown



  2. Inscription

    Snapshot Title: Inscription
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    "Here, in the Great Synagogue of Mantua, Nissan (March / April), 1543."



  3. Inscription

    Snapshot Title: Inscription
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    "“In honour of God and in memory of Rabbi Shlomo Meir of blessed memory”



  4. Inscription

    Snapshot Title: Inscription
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    Inscription: "Prepare to meet thy God" (Amos, 4: 12)



  5. Artwork atop the Ark

    Snapshot Title: Artwork atop the Ark
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    The elegant artwork of acanthus leaves and volutes is similar to ancient Roman decoration common during the Italian Renaissance.



  6. Capitols

    Snapshot Title: Capitols
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    The capitols that attach the top portion of the Ark with the lowers portion. The two capitols were lost en route to Jerusalem and were replaced with a darker material to distinguish them from the orig...



  7. Large drawers directly below the Ark

    Snapshot Title: Large drawers directly below the Ark
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    The larger size of these drawers suggests their use as storage space for the Torah scroll and Ark accessories



  8. Damage

    Snapshot Title: Damage
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    The damage done to these two areas of the door implies that it was the original position for opening and closing the doors before it was moved to the center.



  9. Damage

    Snapshot Title: Damage
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    The damage done to these two areas of the door implies that it was the original position for opening and closing the doors before it was moved to the center.



  10. Urn on top

    Snapshot Title: Urn on top
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    The cluster in the urn is designed to hold the נר תמיד Eternal Flame, present in many synagogues



  11. Back panel of chair

    Snapshot Title: Back panel of chair
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    The detailed imagery depicts a carving of an urn filled with a large tree surrounded by palm leaves



  12. Doors

    Snapshot Title: Doors
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    The doors of the ark were opened to remove the Torah scroll(s) prior to the reading of the weekly portion.



  13. Small Drawers

    Snapshot Title: Small Drawers
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    The smaller size of these drawers suggests that they were used as storage space for study and prayer books.



  14. Chairs

    Snapshot Title: Chairs
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    These beautifully detailed chairs were constructed for prestigious figures within the community.



  15. Inscription

    Snapshot Title: Inscription
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    Inscription bearing the name of lady Sarah, wife of Isaac of Norse. This is a very rare occurrence of the appearance of a woman's name on a holy ark.



  16. Top of the Ark

    Snapshot Title: Top of the Ark
    Taken by: Moshe Caine

    Image: The Mantua Ark
    Image Owner: Moshe Caine



    Description:

    Top Inscription reads: "Crown of Torah". Bottom inscription reads" "Strengh of the One"