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Detailed record for Oriental 1424

Title Biblical readings and liturgical poems for Passover
Origin Spain, N. E. (Catalonia)
Date 3rd quarter of the 14th century
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi square and semi cursive script, partially punctuated
Decoration 10 decorated initial-word panels with gold letters and foliate spreading to the margins sometimes inhabited by animals, birds, human figures, hybrids (ff. 1v, 2, 3v, 4v, 6v, 7v, 8, 9v, 11, 12v) and 3 decorated initial-word panels with gold letters and pen-flourishing (ff. 16v, 19v, 22v). One partial foliate border inhabited by animals and a human figure (f. 1v).
Dimensions in mm 250/255 x 185/190 (150 x 110/115)
Official foliation ff. 30 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 unfoliated parchment and 10 paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 7 quires: i4 (ff. 1-4), ii8 (ff. 5-12), iii3 (ff. 13-15), iv8 (ff. 16-23), v4 (ff. 24-27), vi2 (ff. 28-29), vii2 (30-[31]). No catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Oriental style, tooled.
Provenance Inscription in pencil: '129 Mahzorfragment' (f. 1v).
Fischel Hirsch: purchased by the British Museum from him on 12 January 1877.
Notes The decoration is closely related to the Kaufmann Haggadah, according to Narkiss 1982.
Select bibliography 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. 696.

Alexander Scheiber, The Kaufmann Haggadah:? Facsimile Edition of MS 422 of the Kaufmann Collection in the Oriental Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences? (Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1957).

Bezalel Narkiss, Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Isles: a Catalogue Raisonne´. The Spanish and Portuguese Manuscripts, 2 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), I, no. 14; II, figs 246-49.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), p. 48.


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Decorated initial-word panel

f. 1v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 1v
Decorated initial-word panel
Initial-word panel

f. 3v
Initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 3v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 9v
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 9v
Decorated initial-word panels
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 16v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 16v
Decorated initial-word panel

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