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Torah Pointer (Yad)

1871
11 5/16 x 1 1/16 x 13/16 in. (28.8 x 2.7 x 2 cm)

Roelof Citroen
Netherlandish

Object Type: Metalwork
Medium and Support: Silver
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Martin and Carol Rosenberg and the Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund
Accession Number: 2009.4
Location: Currently on view
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A yad, which means “hand” in Hebrew, is a pointer used to facilitate the reading of the Torah and to protect its delicate parchment surface. Usually shaped like a long rod with a small hand and pointing index finger at one end, the yad assists the reader to track the Hebrew text, which is written without vowels and punctuation.

[Gallery label text, 2010]

Provenance
Private collector who emigrated from Holland to Israel; Yitzak Stein (dealer), Israel; purchased from him by the Gallery through Orly Friedfertig, 2009

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