Torah Breastplate with Mantle, Yad and Scroll

Torah Breastplate with Mantle, Yad and Scroll

Torah Breastplate
Designed and made by Gerald Benney (born 1930)
London, England
1982
Silver
Lent by Edgar Astaire

This breastplate is part of the same miniature Torah set as the rimmonim. The distinctive style and symplicity of the decoration is a departure from traditional forms. The menorah engraved on the breastplate is reminiscent of the seven branched candleabrum used in the Jerusalem Temple. An eight branched menorah is lit during the festival of Hanukkah. The seven branched menorah is a traditional symbol of the Jewish people.