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Detailed record for Oriental 2363

Title Pentateuch with Targum Onkelos and masorah magna and parva
Origin Persia or Babylonia
Date 11th-12th century
Language Hebrew, Aramaic
Script Oriental square script with superlinear punctuation
Decoration 1 carpet page with micrographic design, in colours (f. 212v). Ten Commandments in 2 decorated panels, in colours (f. 73v). 4 masoretic notes in decorated panels (ff. 52v, 98, 130, 173). 6 full borders, in colours (ff. 67v, 68, 208, 208v, 209, 209v). Numerous decorated parashah signs, in colours. Numerous coloured initial words at the beginning of the parashiyot. Numerous modest geometric and floral motifs in the margins, in colours or in brown ink.
Dimensions in mm 380 x 300 (260/280 x 235/245) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 212 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation Mostly quires of 10 leaves.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Abraham ben Nathan: inscribed with his name (f. 212v).
Moses Wilhelm Shapira (b. 1830, d. 1884), a antiquities dealer of Jerusalem: purchased by the British Museum from him on 23 July 1881: inscribed (f. [213v]).
Notes Ruling is visible. Erasures (e.g., ff. 47, 166, 192). Several lacunae.
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), I, no. 65.

Bezalel Narkiss, Kitvei yad ivriyim metzuyarim (Jerusalem: Keter, 1984), p. 25.

Bezalel Narkiss, Illuminations from Hebrew Bibles of Leningrad (Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute, 1990), pp. 74-75.

Katrin Kogman-Appel, Jewish Book Art Between Islam and Christianity: the Decoration of Hebrew Bibles in Medieval Spain (Lieden: Brill, 2004), pp. 46-47.


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Masoretic note

f. 173
Masoretic note
Full border

ff. 208v-209
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f. 209v
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