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Torah Crown
Breastplate (Torah shield)
Yad (Torah pointer)
Kiddush Cup
Teffilin box
Ukraine, Zhytomyr

Silver. Cast, embossed, engraved, gold-gilded, nielloed.


When a Torah crown is not in use, finials (rimon, singular; rimonim, plural) are decorations sometimes placed on tops of the staves to which the Torah scroll itself is attached. Rimon means pomegranate in Hebrew, a shape often reflected in the form of the finials. Some, especially the older rimonim, have bells on them (as Torah crowns sometimes do). The bells symbolize those that adorned the robes of the High Priest, according to Exodus 28:22. The bells were used so that when the Torah was brought from the Ark for reading, the members of the congregation could hear the bells, know that the Torah had been brought out, cease their own private devotions and attend to the service.

These rimmonims from Zhytomyr represent the intricately shaped columns on a round stepped base with figured edge, which is decorated with vertical grooves and a floral ornament made by embossing and niello. Each rimmonim is topped by a crown and a cast statuette of a bird with a bell in its beak. Here, the crown symbolizes Torah. It is supported by four griffins. These remarkable artworks bear the stamp of Zhytomyr, the master's brand, the hallmark, etc.