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Detailed record for Oriental 2737

Title Haggadah for Passover (the 'Hispano-Moresque Haggadah')
Origin Spain, Central (Castile)
Date Last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century, c. 1300
Language Hebrew
Script Sephardi square script, punctuated
Decoration Picture cycle of 63 full-page miniatures with coloured washes (ff. 62v-93v), and 2 full-page miniatures at the beginning and at the end of the text of the Haggadah (ff. 1, 35v). 5 textual illustrations (ff. 9v, 20v, 21, 22, 22v). Numerous decorated initial-word panels with gold letters. Embellished vertical band with keywords of texts on two folios (ff. 18v, 19). Numerous rubrics.
Dimensions in mm 160 x 120 (90/95 x 60/65)
Official foliation ff. 93 (+ an unfoliated leaf after f. 3, three modern paper flyleaves and a parchment flyleaf from before 1884 at the beginning and a parchment flyleaf, an older paper flyleaf, and three modern paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 13 quires: i4 (ff. 1-3*), ii8 (ff. 4-11), iii8 (ff. 12-19), iv6 (ff. 20-25), v8 (ff. 26-33), vi8 (ff. 34-41), vii8 (ff. 42-49), viii8 (ff. 50-57), ix6 (ff. 58-63), x6 (ff. 64-69), xi8 (ff. 70-77), xii8-1 (ff. 78-84), xiii10-1 (ff. 85-93).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Black leather.
Provenance Hayim Horowitz: purchased by the British Museum from him on 26 January 1884 (paper flyleaf of the back binding).
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. 609.

Mendel Metzger, ‘Two Fragments of a Spanish XIVth Century Haggadah,’ Gesta, 6 (1967), pp. 25-34.

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. 9; II, figs 79-104.

Therese and Mendel Metzger, Jewish Life in the Middle Ages: Illuminated Hebrew Manuscripts of the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Centuries (New York: Alpine Fine Arts Collection, 1982), p. 304.

Yael Zirlin, 'The Schocken Italian Haggadah of c. 1400 and Its Origins', Jewish Art, 12/13 (1986/87), 54-72 (pp. 63-72).

Joseph Gutmann, 'The Sacrifice of Isaac in Medieval Jewish Art' Artibus et Historiae, 8 (1987), 67-89 (pp. 74, 85).

Katrin Kogman-Appel, Jewish Book Art Between Islam and Christianity: the Decoration of Hebrew Bibles in Medieval Spain (Lieden: Brill, 2004), pp. 94-95.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 90-93.

Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (London: British Library, 2007), p. 160 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
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Frontispiece

f. 1
Frontispiece
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 2
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 5
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 5v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 6
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 6v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 7
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-words

f. 7v
Decorated initial-words
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 8
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word

f. 8v
Decorated initial-word
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 9
Decorated initial-word panel
The Israelites despoiling the Egyptians

f. 9v
The Israelites despoiling the Egyptians
 
Detail

f. 9v
Detail
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 10
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 10v
Decorated initial-word panels
 
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 11
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 11v
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 12
Decorated initial-word panels
 
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 13
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 13v
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 14
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 14v
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 15
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 15v
Decorated initial-word panels
 
Decorated initial and initial-word panels

f. 17
Decorated initial and initial-word panels
Decorated initial

f. 17v
Decorated initial
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 18
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 19v
Decorated initial-word panels
Rabban Gamliel

f. 20v
Rabban Gamliel
Rabban Gamliel

f. 20v
Rabban Gamliel
 
Rabban Gamliel

f. 21
Rabban Gamliel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 21v
Decorated initial-word panel
The unleavened bread

f. 22
The unleavened bread
 
The bitter herb

f. 22v
The bitter herb
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 24
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 25
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 26v
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 27v
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 28v
Decorated initial-word panels
 
Decorated initial-word panels

f. 29
Decorated initial-word panels
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 29v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 30
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 32
Decorated initial-word panel
Samson

f. 35v
Samson
Samson

f. 35v
Samson
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 36
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 42v
Decorated initial-word panel
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 49v
Decorated initial-word panel
 
Rubrics

f. 53
Rubrics
The bondage of the Israelites in Egypt

f. 62v
The bondage of the Israelites in Egypt
The bondage of the Israelites in Egypt

f. 62v
The bondage of the Israelites in Egypt
 
The miracle of the rod

f. 63v
The miracle of the rod
The fate of the Israelite male children

f. 64
The fate of the Israelite male children
Casting the male children into the Nile

f. 64v
Casting the male children into the Nile
 
Finding of Moses

f. 65
Finding of Moses
Moses in Egypt

f. 65v
Moses in Egypt
Moses in Egypt

f. 66
Moses in Egypt
 
The Burning Bush

f. 67
The Burning Bush
Exodus

f. 68
Exodus
Moses and Aaron

f. 68v
Moses and Aaron
 
Moses meeting Pharaoh

f. 69
Moses meeting Pharaoh
The first plague

f. 69v
The first plague
The third plague

f. 71v
The third plague
 
Moses meeting Pharaoh

f. 72
Moses meeting Pharaoh
The fourth plague

f. 72v
The fourth plague
Goshen

f. 73
Goshen
 
Exodus

f. 73v
Exodus
Moses and Aaron in front of Pharaoh

f. 74
Moses and Aaron in front of Pharaoh
The fifth plague

f. 74v
The fifth plague
 
Cattle of Israel

f. 75
Cattle of Israel
Moses and Aaron in front of Pharaoh

f. 76
Moses and Aaron in front of Pharaoh
Moses and Aaron in front of Pharaoh

f. 77
Moses and Aaron in front of Pharaoh
 
Pharaoh and his counsellors

f. 78v
Pharaoh and his counsellors
The eighth plague

f. 79v
The eighth plague
The plague fo darkness

f. 80v
The plague fo darkness
 
Exodus

f. 82
Exodus
The death of the first-born

f. 82v
The death of the first-born
Pharaoh giving permission

f. 83
Pharaoh giving permission
 
Joseph's burial

f. 84
Joseph's burial
Ba'al  Tzefon

f. 84v
Ba'al Tzefon
Pursuing Egyptians

f. 85
Pursuing Egyptians
 
The Israelites complaining to Moses

f. 85v
The Israelites complaining to Moses
Crossing the Red Sea

f. 86
Crossing the Red Sea
Miriam's dance

f. 86v
Miriam's dance
 
Miriam's dance

f. 86v
Miriam's dance
Cleansing the dishes

f. 87
Cleansing the dishes
Unleavened bread

f. 87v
Unleavened bread
 
Baking the unleavened bread

f. 88
Baking the unleavened bread
Baking the unleavened bread

f. 88
Baking the unleavened bread
Distribution of the sweatmeat

f. 89
Distribution of the sweatmeat
 
Distributing the unleavened bread

f. 89v
Distributing the unleavened bread
Mikveh

f. 90
Mikveh
Mikveh

f. 90
Mikveh
 
Seder table

f. 91
Seder table
Passover lamb

f. 91v
Passover lamb
Paschal lamb

f. 91v
Paschal lamb
 
Genesis 22

f. 92
Genesis 22
Abraham's servants

f. 92v
Abraham's servants
Abraham and Isaac

f. 93
Abraham and Isaac
 
Abraham and Isaac

f. 93
Abraham and Isaac
The sacrifice of Isaac

f. 93v
The sacrifice of Isaac

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