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Detailed record for Additional 16916

Title Prayers for Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur, Ashkenazi rite (aka 'London Days of Awe Mahzor')
Origin Germany
Date 2nd half of the 13th century or the 1st half of the 14th century
Language Hebrew
Script Ashkenazi square and semi-cursive script, partially punctuated
Scribe Hayyim
Decoration 1 initial-word panel inhabited by birds, dragons, and hybrids in ink (f. 1). 2 initial words decorated with geometrical motifs/inhabited by hybrids and dragons in brown ink (ff. 28v, 48v). 8 marginal decorations in brown ink (ff. 1, 2, 5, 5v, 7, 19v, 22, 142).
3 erased marginal illustrations (ff. 21v, 29v, 42) 5 decorated catchwords (ff. 69v, 77v, 84v, 90v, 98v).
Dimensions in mm 305 x 220 (210 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 142 (+ 2 unfoliated paper and 2 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation 19 quires: i8-1 (ff. 1-7), ii8 (ff. 8-15), iii6 (ff. 16-21), iv8 (ff. 22-29), v8 (ff. 30-37), vi8 (ff. 38-45), vii8 (ff. 46-53), viii8 (ff. 54-61), ix8 (ff. 62-69), x8 (ff. 70-77), xi8-1 (ff. 78-84), xii6 (ff. 85-90), xiii8 (ff. 91-98), xiv8-1 (ff. 99-105), xv6-1 (ff. 106-110), xvi8 (ff. 111-118), xvii8 (ff. 119-126), xviii8 (ff. 127-134), xix8 (ff. 135-142).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Hayyim, the scribe: the word hayyim is decorated on ff. 10, 31, 37v, 67, 103v, 133, 133v).
Purchased at a sale at Pattich's (?) 24 Apr. 1847, lot. 465 (f. [143v]).
Notes Pricking and ruling are often visible.
Select bibliography Israel Davidson, Otsar ha-shirah veha piyut: mi-zeman hatimat kitve ha- kodesh ad reshit tekufat ha-haskalah [Thesaurus of Mediaeval Hebrew Poetry] (New York: Bet midrash ha-Rabanim de-Amerikah, 1924-1933) [on the text].

George Margoliouth, Catalogue of the Hebrew and Samaritan Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1899-1935; vols I-III repr. 1965); IV, Introduction, Indexes, ed. by Jacob Leveen (London: British Museum, 1977), II, no. 670.

Sarit Shalev-Eyni, 'Ashkenazi Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Isles' New Letter of the Center for Jewish Art, 12 (1996), http://cja.huji.ac.il/NL12-HIMBI.htm (accessed on 17 December 2010).


Images
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Dragon

f. 19v
Dragon
~Kol nidre~

f. 48v
Kol nidre
Yom Kippur

f. 62
Yom Kippur
 
Griffin

f. 84v
Griffin
Griffin

f. 84v
Griffin

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