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The Barr Collection Catalog

The Barr Collection Catalog

The Barr Foundation

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For thousands of years, Jews used simple tapered wooden sticks to point the way through the densely written text of the Torah without touching the fragile parchment. But over the millennia, the yad — pointer — has developed into a unique art form. While some yads are still carved out of wood, others are now shaped from silver or graphite, and even ornamented with gold, ivory and jewels.

The yad has thus become an artistic chronicle of how Jews read and relate to the Torah, a story you can explore in a wide-ranging catalog of more than 200 pointers from the Barr Collection, of all styles and national origins.

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  • Exhibition Catalog
  • Trade Paperback
  • 82 pages
  • 134 illustrations
  • Publication date:
  • Height: 11.0 inches (27.9 cm)
  • Width: 8.5 inches (21.6 cm)
  • Thickness: 0.25 inches (0.6 cm)
  • 0.97 lb (15.6 oz; 441 g)
  • SKU010008276

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