Comprises a Czech Torah scroll in Hebrew containing the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. Known as the Brno scroll, it originally came from Czechoslovakia.
The scroll is written in black ink on a scroll of 47 sheets of parchment. The sheets are sewn together with thread made out of animal sinews. The scroll is on a pair of wooden rollers.
There are some repairs to the scroll. There are marks from a copy pencil on some sheets.
The Sofrim (scribes) who write Torah scrolls must not sign them or mark the date. Experts have advised the Memorial Scrolls Trust that the scroll known as MST#68 was written c.1850.
When the Torah scrolls and other Judaica came to the Jewish Museum in Prague from Bohemia and Moravia, each item was catalogued and given a number. On their arrival in London the Memorial Scrolls Trust allocated the numbers 1-1564 to the scrolls, and kept a record of the original Czech number. In the case of MST#68 the number in the Jewish Museum Prague records is 32788.
The mantle in which the scroll is housed is not the original one in which it would have been kept. The mantle is made of purple velvet with a crown and wreath embroidered on it in gold thread. The crown is inscribed CT, which is an abbreviation for 'Crown of Torah'. The wreath is inscribed 'Burial Society of the HC (Holy Congregation) of Ettingen (or Oettingen) 1905'.
The scroll is on loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust, see http://www.memorialscrollstrust.org/
Specialised handling requirements apply to this item. Please see access arrangements.