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Detailed record for Oriental 10752

Title Prayer book (siddur), Italian rite
Origin Italy
Date 1st half of the 15th century
Language Hebrew
Script Ashkenazi square script, partially punctuated (punctuation probably has been added later)
Scribe Moses
Decoration Numerous initial-word panels with penwork decoration, pen-flourishing sometimes inhabited by birds and dragon heads, in colours. 2 decorated initial-word panels accompanied by animals and birds, in colours (ff. 1, 4). Decorated chapter numbers in Psalms and instructions in the margins, in red ink (ff. 33-35, 39v, 46-49v, 68-68v, 75v-76, 129-130, 152v-153). Decorated with foliate scroll, in ink (f. 54). 1 marginal illustration of a shofar, mutilated, in red ink (f. 69v).
Dimensions in mm 270 x 200 (195/190 x 140/130)
Official foliation ff. 220 (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves and 1 parchment flyleaf and the beginning and 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation 23 quires: i10 (ff. 1-10), ii8 (ff. 11-18), iii10 (ff. 19-28), iv10 (ff. 29-38), v10 (ff. 39-48), vi10 (ff. 49-58), vii10 (ff. 59-68), viii10 (ff. 69-78), ix10 (ff. 79-88), x10 (ff. 89-98), xi10 (ff. 99-108), xii10 (ff. 109-118), xiii10 (ff. 119-128), xiv10 (ff. 129-138), xv10 (ff. 139-148), xvi10 (ff. 149-158), xvii10 (ff. 159-168), xviii10 (ff. 169-178), xix10 (ff. 179-188), xx10 (ff. 189-198), xxi10 (ff. 199-208), xxii10 (ff. 209-218), xxiii2 (ff. 219-220). Decorated catchwords.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Joseph Orowetz (Horowitz?) of Jerusalem: purchased by Moses Gaster from him in 1891 (f. [iii]).
Moses Gaster (b. 1856, d. 1939), scholar and rabbi: inscribed with his name, 'M. Gaster 5' (f. 220v); no. 582 in his collection.
Acquired by the British Museum in 1928.
Notes Liturgical texts are accompanied with numerous instructions. Flesh side and hair side are distinguishable. Ruling is visible. Erasures (e. g., ff. 4, 9v, 30, 112). Added frame decorated with floral motifs for the opening of the codex but left empty, in ink (f. [iii]).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Hebrew Manuscripts in the Gaster Collection, the British Library, London (London: Hebrew Section. Oriental and India Office Collection, 1996).


Images
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Initial-word panel

f. 1
Initial-word panel
Rooster

f. 1
Rooster
Initial-word panel

f. 50
Initial-word panel
 
Pen-flourishing

f. 50
Pen-flourishing
Initial-word panel

f. 58v
Initial-word panel
Initial-word panel

f. 72v
Initial-word panel
 
Decorated initial-word panel

f. 168v
Decorated initial-word panel

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