Sēder haggādā šel ḥag ha-pesaḥ - UER MS 1262

Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg


A Haggada is a small book, composed part in Aramaic, part in Hebrew, which describes the events delineated in the Book of Exodus, i.e. the exile in Egypt and the exodus of the Israelites. In addition, it contains traditional rabbinical ornamentation and interpretation of this history. On the eve of Seder, the eve before the Passover feast, the family reads and sings from it during the celebratory meal. Particularly lavishly ornamented Haggadas may also be illuminated. The Erlangen Haggada is a particularly artistically excellent exemplar of its kind. It consists of 17 carefully written parchment sheets, in which 16 pen drawings that almost fill half a page explain the events. Moreover, there are several figurate initials. With the exception of the depiction of the Seven Plagues, which are executed in opaque colours, the drawings remain uncoloured. The manuscript was made in 1747 by Juda Löw Pinhas (1727-1793), then court artist of Margrave Carl Wilhelm Friedrich von Ansbach (r. 1723-1757). Later Pinhas entered as court artist into the services of the margrave von Bayreuth. In the winter of 1805/1806, the Haggada, as part of the Ansbach Schlossbibliothek (castle library), was taken to Erlangen. // Datum: 2017

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