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The Carved Wooden Torah Arks of Eastern Europe

Bracha Yaniv


The carved wooden Torah arks found in eastern Europe from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries were magnificent structures, unparalleled in their beauty and mystical significance. The work of Jewish artisans, they dominated the synagogues of numerous towns both large and small throughout the former Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, inspiring worshippers with their monumental scale and intricate motifs. Virtually none of these pieces survived the devastation of the two world wars. This book breathes new life into a lost genre, making it accessible to scholars and students of Jewish art, Jewish ... More

Keywords: Torah arks, Jewish artisans, synagogues, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, Jewish art, Jewish heritage, religious art, motifs, Temple imagery, Jewish craftsmanship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764371
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bracha Yaniv, author