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Bidding Information
Lot #    12689
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 12:49:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    The Bird's Head Haggada of the
Title (Hebrew)    Bezalel National Art Museum in Jerusalem
Author    [Haggadah - Facsimile]
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Tarshish Books
Publication Date    1967
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Two volumes, mint copy in the original jackets as published. Limited edition 316/600.
          
Detailed
Description
   Full color reproduction of the haggadah with an reproduced introductory volume of essays.

The Bird's Head Haggada (Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Ms. 180/57). So named because many of the human figures are depicted with birds' heads, this is probably the oldest surviving Ashkenazi illuminated Haggadah manuscript. It was copied in the south of Germany late in the 13th century by a scribe named Isaac who also copied the first volume of the Leipzig Mahzor. Its illumination consists mainly of marginal text illustrations, depicting historical scenes from Exodus, and ritual as well as eschatological scenes. The style of the illumination, the bright colors, and the decorative motifs, though somewhat primitive, indicate its Upper Rhenish origin. Its name is imprecise because the artist uses other methods of human distortion, such as a boy with a bulbous nose, angels with blank faces, and Egyptians in helmets with lowered visors.

          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Israel:    Checked
  
Subject
Haggadah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, English
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica