This beautiful silver binding is unique in that the very rare marriage scene on the front cover is not applied (as in the other known example from the Stieglitz collection, now in the Israel Museum), but rather is an integral part of the binding. The presence of this nuptial scene clearly indicates that this sumptuous binding was especially prepared as a wedding gift (sivlonot), which would have been presented by the bridegroom to his bride. It is interesting to note that the bride is pictured on the bridegroom's right hand side, which is in accordance with Jewish custom. In addition, the two clasps that close the binding are fitted on the left side of the cover so that the book opens to the right, as is necessary for the reading of a Hebrew book (which is printed and read from right to left). Finally, the crown on the front cover, which is flanked and supported by rampant lions, symbolizes the Crown of Torah and thus refers visually to the content of the binding: the first five books of Moses, the Torah.
Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection, Master Pieces of Jewish Art, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, pp. 374-375
Braunstein, Susan L., The Jacobo and Asea Furman Collection of Jewish Ceremonial Art, an exhibition catalog, the Jewish Museum, New York, 1985, no. 34
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