Auction 65
Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Lot Number 404

Embroidered Torah Ark Curtain – Dupnitsa, Bulgaria, 1886

Sold For
615$
Opening
500$
Lot Number 404

Embroidered Torah Ark Curtain – Dupnitsa, Bulgaria, 1886

Embroidered Torah ark curtain. Dupnitsa, Bulgaria, 5547 (1886).
Velvet; golden metal-thread embroidery on cardboard; purl.
Exquisite Ottoman-style embroidered Torah ark curtain, made of purple velvet. Decorated with a frame in a symmetric foliate pattern and garlands of leaves and flowers bound with ribbons; a urn full of flowers appears in the center. A Star of David is embroidered below the urn, with a Hebrew dedication "Hekdesh shel Yitzchak be[n] Israel Dupnitsa Tishrei 1 5647". The words "Keter Torah, Keter Kehuna, Keter Malchut" are embroidered within the six outer triangles of the star of David. Until the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgarian Jews were mostly Sephardi. During the war, Bulgarian Jews suffered heavily and Dupnitsa is remembered as one of the communities that turned to other communities for help after persecution by the occupying Russian army.
190X135 cm. Fair-poor condition. Worn and faded velvet. Unraveling fabric and embroidery. Numerous tears. Rough repairs at margins of curtain.

Sold For
615$
Opening
500$

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