A crown-shaped adornment that fits over the upper staves of a Torah scroll.
In Italy, the Torah crown is referred to as “atarah.” In Venice, for the holiday of Tisha be’av, a wooden crown replaces the silver one. In Alsace (France), flower-shaped Torah crowns are made of paper and other material for the holiday of Simchat Torah.
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The Crown: Exhibition Catalog. Jerusalem: U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art, 2020.
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