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Detailed record for Oriental 2540

Title Fragments from Exodus (1:1-8:5)
Origin Palestine or Egypt
Date 10th century
Language Hebrew in Arabic characters
Script Arabic Naskhi script
Decoration 2 carpet pages in gold, red, and brown (ff. 2v, 3). Numerous space fillers in colours and gold.
Dimensions in mm 235 x 175 (165 x 125)
Official foliation ff. 21 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Collation Indeterminable.
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance K. B. No. 1: inscribed (f. 1).
Moses Wilhelm Shapira (b. 1830, d. 1884), a antiquities dealer of Jerusalem: purchased by the British Museum from him on 8 July 1882: inscribed (f. [22v]).
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. 104.

Bezalel Narkiss, Illuminations from Hebrew Bibles of Leningrad (Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute, 1990), p. 38.

Ilana Tahan, 'Karaite Book of Exodus', in In the Beginning: Bibles before the Year 1000 edited by Michelle P. Brown (Washington, D.C. : Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 2006.), p. 273.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 14-17.


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Flyleaf

f. 1
Flyleaf
Flyleaf

f. 1v
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Blank folio

f. 2
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Carpet page

f. 2v
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ff. 2v-3
Carpet pages
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f. 3
Carpet page
 
Text page

f. 3v
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Embellished space filler

f. 4
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f. 4v
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f. 5
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f. 5v
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f. 6
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f. 6v
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f. 7v
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f. 8
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f. 8v
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f. 10
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f. 11
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f. 11v
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f. 13
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f. 14
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f. 15v
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f. 17v
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f. 18v
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ff. 18v-19
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f. 19
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f. 19v
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f. 20
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f. 20v
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f. 21
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f. 21v
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