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The Lisbon Bible, 1482, vol 1. Text containing prohibition of mixing seed.

The Lisbon Bible, 1482, vol 1. Text containing prohibition of mixing seed.

Scribe: Solomon Ibn Alzuk

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1471

Shelfmark: Or. MS 2626

Item number: ff. 108v-109

Length: 30.1

Width: 45.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

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This three volume Hebrew Bible is one of the most accomplished creations of the Lisbon school of Hebrew illumination. Its exquisite frontispieces and finely wrought miniatures display mostly floral, animal and vegetal motifs, executed in brilliant colours and enhanced in gold leaf. The manuscript was copied by Samuel, son of Samuel Ibn Musa, for Joseph son of Judah surnamed al-Hakim, and was completed in 1482. This is the beginning of the scriptural passage, Kedoshim ('Leviticus', chapter 19), which deals with laws prohibiting the mixing of species, seeds and trees.

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