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The Sarajevo Haggadah, Sarajevo 1983

הגדת סרייבו - Haggadah - Facsimile

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  • Lot Number 53587
  • Title (English) Haggadat Sarajevo
  • Title (Hebrew) הגדת סרייבו
  • Note Haggadah - Facsimile
  • Author Eugen Werber, booklet
  • City Sarajevo
  • Publisher Prosveta
  • Publication Date 1983
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2424521
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Physical Description

220:160 mm., crisp copy in the original slipcase with descriptive catalog.


Detail Description

Full color reproduction of the Sarajevo Haggadah (Sarajevo National Museum), a 14th-century Spanish illuminated manuscript composed of the traditional three parts: 34 full-page miniatures (fols. 1v-34); illuminated Haggadah text (fols. 1*-50*); and piyyutim and Torah readings for Passover week (fols. 53*–131*). It is by far the best-known Hebrew illuminated manuscript, and has been reproduced in part twice during the last 70 years with scholarly introductions by H. Mueller and J. von Schlosser, and by C. Roth. The full-page miniatures in the Sarajevo Haggadah display the widest range of subjects even among the rich Spanish Haggadot, from the Creation of the World to Moses blessing the Israelites and Joshua before his death, followed by illustrations of the Temple, preparations for Passover, and the interior of a Spanish synagogue. There are few full-page miniatures; most are divided horizontally into two framed sections, with some in four sections. Although the greater part of the iconography of the miniatures is derived from Latin Bible illumination of the Franco-Spanish school, some Jewish elements can be detected, as in the abstention from representation of God or any heavenly beings. Other Jewish aspects can be found in the text illustrations of the Haggadah, such as a miniature of Rabban Gamaliel and his students, and the mazzah and maror. Stylistically, the illuminations are related to the Italian-gothic school prevailing in Catalonia in the 14th century. That the Sarajevo Haggadah originates from the Kingdom of Aragon can be inferred from three coats of arms displayed in the manuscript. The Haggadah reached the Sarajevo Museum when in 1894 a child of the city's Sephardi Jewish community brought it to school to be sold, after his father had died leaving the family destitute.