The translated inscription reads "Dedicated to the memory of the pleasant and beautiful young woman Miriam Cohen, who was plucked in the spring of her youth. She flew up to the heaven to behold the honor of G-d, Torah scroll will memorialize her name. Consecrated to G-d in the month of Tammuz in 1881, May her soul be bound up in the Bond of Life."
The decorative vocabulary, marks for export, and French origin of this piece all suggest it may have been made for a North African community, such as Morocco. It may have enclosed a traditional wooden tikh rather than been fitted for a scroll itself.
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