Silver, partly gilt
This exquisitely designed and crafted crown belongs to a small group of
delicate pieces from Galicia. The tree represents the Torah,
which is referred to as Etz Haim (Tree of Life). Smiling cast deer
and lions in two ranks support the tree. This gives concrete expression
to the phrase recited upon returning the Sefer Torah to the Ark:
"The Torah is a Tree of Life to those who hold fast to it, and he
who supports it is happy."
is a similar piece in the Lavra Museum in Kiev, and another in the Jews
College in London.
Diameter: 16.5 cm