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Detailed record for Oriental 2348

Title Grammatical introduction (Makhberet ha-Tigan) (ff. 1-37), Pentateuch with masorah magna and parva (ff. 38v-end)
Origin Yemen (Sana)
Date 1469
Language Hebrew
Script Yemenite square script, partially punctuated
Scribe Benaiah ben Saadia ben Zachariah ben Marga
Decoration 4 carpet pages in colours (ff. 38v, 39, 154v, 155), Micrographical designs in the margins (e. g., ff. 76, 76v, 88, 88v). 3 pages decorated with medallions filled with geometrical design in colours and micrography between the two columns of text (ff. 151v, 152, 152v).
Dimensions in mm 400 x 280 (300 x 215)
Official foliation ff. 158 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Collation Too tight bound to determine gathering structure.
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Ibrahim ibn Yusuf ibn Said ibn Ibrahim al-Isrili, the patron (Hebrew version of his name in Or 2211): inscribed with his name in the colophon, Sana, 1469 (ff. 154v-155).
Joseph ben Soliman/Solomon: inscribed with his name in two purchase notes (f. 37v).
Benjamin ben Abraham: inscribed with his name in two purchase notes (f. 37v).
Abraham ben Joseph ben Said Hanatzel: inscribed with his name in a purchase note, Adar .. .. [year is deleted] according to the Seleucid era (f. 38).
Saalam ben Joseph ben Abraham: inscribed with his name in a purchase note, Adar .. .. [year is deleted] according to the Seleucid era (f. 38).
Ha-Cohen David ben Joseph: inscribed with his name in a purchase note, Adar .. .. [year is deleted] according to the Seleucid era (f. 38).
Joseph ben Saadia: inscribed with his name in a purchase note, Adar .. .. [year is deleted] according to the Seleucid era (f. 38).
Abraham ben Joseph: inscribed with his name in a purchase note, Adar .. .. [year is deleted] according to the Seleucid era (f. 38).
Erased inscription in Hebrew characters (f. 154).
Judah ben Saadia .. .. : inscribed with his name in the margin (f. 156v).
Erased inscription with Hebrew characters (f. 158v).
Mr Nic. Mavrocordato: purchased by the British Museum from him on 28 May, 1881 (f. [159v]).
Notes The scribe's name is not mentioned in the colophon,on his identification, see Richard Ettinghausen, 1964, p. 33.
Select bibliography Richard Ettinghausen, 'Yemenite Bible Manuscripts of the XVth Century', L. A. Mayer Memorial Volume, Eretz-Israel, 7 (1964), 32-39 (p. 33).

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), I, no. 89.

Stanley Ferber, 'Micrography: a Jewish Art Form', Journal of Jewish Art, 3-4 (1977), pp. 12-24 (pp. 15-18).

Joseph Gutmann, Hebrew Manuscript Painting (New York: Braziller, 1978), pp. 40-43.

Bezalel Narkiss, Kitvei yad ivriyim metzuyarim (Jerusalem: Keter, 1984), pp. 23, 74-75.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 22-27.

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 138 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
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Text page

f. 15v
Text page
Carpet pages

ff. 38v-39
Carpet pages
Carpet page

f. 39
Carpet page
 
Decorated page

f. 151v
Decorated page
Decorated page

f. 152
Decorated page
Decorated bands

f. 152v
Decorated bands
 
Carpet pages with colophon

ff. 154v-155
Carpet pages with colophon

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