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The carved eagle served as an ornament for the ark that held the Torah at Anshe Sfard synagogue on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. Chassidic Jews from Eastern Europe who came to Portland in the late 19th century built the synagogue in 1917.
Animal and bird carvings are typical of Eastern European synagogue ornamentation.
Morris Isenman rescued the eagle and other materials after the synagogue closed in the 1950s.
About This Item
- Title: Carved eagle for Anshe Sfard synagogue Torah ark, Portland, ca. 1917
- Creation Date: circa 1917
- Subject Date: circa 1917
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Mahogany wood, paint
- Dimensions: 54 cm x 106 cm
- Local Code: 2009.202
- Object Type: Physical Object
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Standardized Subject Headings
- Anshe Sfard (Portland, Me.)
- Jewish art and symbolism
- Urban renewal--Maine--Portland
- Jewish communities--Maine--Portland
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