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  • A Ketubah from India

    Manuscript, Ketubah, marriage contract

    A Ketubbah is a marriage contract traditionally given to a Jewish bride on her wedding day. It specifies the husband's f...

  • Afghan ketubah, 19th century

    Manuscript, Ketubah, marriage contract

    The tradition of the ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract) dates back 2000 years, making it one of the earliest documents...

  • Coldingham Breviary

    Manuscript, Manuscript

    A 13th-century breviary. Made for the Benedictine priory of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Coldingham, Berwickshire, this h...

  • Collection of rules for Buddhist monks

    Manuscript

    This palm leaf manuscript contains Bhikkhu Patimokkha and Bhikkhuni Patimokkha (rules to be obeyed in communities of mon...

  • Collection of rules for Buddhist nuns

    Manuscript

    This Pāli text, inscribed on lacquered and gilded palm leaf, contains a list of rules for the disciplines of monks and n...

  • Depiction of a procession during the Buddhist Thad...

    Manuscript, Paper folding book

    A 19th-century Burmese folding book manuscript. What does it show? This manuscript contains images of eight festivals in...

  • Holkham Bible Picture Book

    Manuscript

    Nothing else is quite like the Holkham Bible Picture Book. Produced in London during the early 14th century; it contains...

  • Indian Qur'an from the 16th century

    Manuscript

    This 16th-century Qur'an from India gives a glorious example of 'carpet pages': rich, ornate abstract patterns whose mix...

  • Islamic marriage contract

    Manuscript, marriage contract

    This lavish certificate records the marriage of the last Mughal ruler, Bahadur Shah II (r. 1837–1857) to Zinat Mahal Beg...

  • Italian ketubah

    Manuscript, Ketubah

    The tradition of the ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract) dates back 2000 years, making it one of the earliest documents...

  • Maimonides’ responsum

    Manuscript

    Moses Maimonides’ autograph responsum (reply) to a question referred to him by a rabbinical court. The case referred to...

  • Megilat Ester, Or 1047

    Manuscript, Scroll

    The Book of Esther forms part of Ketuvim (Writings) which is the third section of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible. A short b...

  • Megilat Ester, Or 4224

    Manuscript, Scroll

    The Book of Esther forms part of Ketuvim (Writings) which is the third section of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible. A short b...

  • Moutier-Grandval Bible

    Manuscript

    A beautifully illustrated pandect, taking its name from the monastery of Moutier-Grandval in the diocese of Basel in Sw...

  • Part of a Babylonian Talmud

    Manuscript

    A codex of the Talmud, produced in the 12th or 13th century. What is the Talmud? The Talmud (meaning ‘learning’) is the...