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Detailed record for Oriental 9880

Title Biblical fragments ('Second Gaster Bible') with masorah magna and parva (Fragments from the Pentateuch)
Origin Egypt
Date Last quarter of the 11th century or 1st quarter of the 12th century
Language Hebrew
Script Oriental square script, punctuated
Decoration Numerous golden rosettes and medallions between the lines, the text columns and in the margins, in colours and gold.
Dimensions in mm 390 x 290 (310 x 250) in three columns
Official foliation ff. 37 (+1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Collation In its present form the fragments of the parchment folios are stamped on paper leaves. Catchwords on every verso.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Moses Gaster (b. 1856, d. 1939), scholar and rabbi: his manuscript, Cod. G. 150; purchased by the British Museum from him on 12 April, 1924: inscribed (f. [38v]).
Notes Fragmentary.
Select bibliography M. Gaster, Illuminated Hebrew Bibles of the IXth and Xth Centuries (Codices OR. Gaster, Nos. 150 and 151) and a Samaritan Scroll of the Law of the XIth Century (Codex OR. Gaster, No. 350) (London: Harrison and Sons, 1901).

Bezalel Narkiss, Kitvei yad ivriyim metzuyarim (Jerusalem: Keter, 1984), p. 23.

Ilana Tahan, Hebrew Manuscripts: The Power of Script and Image (London, British Library, 2007), pp. 20-21.

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Golden rosettes

f. 34
Golden rosettes

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