Passover is a time to celebrate – each spring, the holiday commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This year, on 30 March, Jews around the world will gather for Seder, a ceremonial meal rich with symbolic foods, and read the Haggadah, a special text that retells the story of the flight from Egypt. So while you wait for Elijah, break out the matzoh and dive into Sotheby’s archive to discover 8 objects to help celebrate this festive holiday. Learn more about the Judaica department.
This Magnificent Illuminated Hebrew Bible, which dates from the first half of the 14th century, is one of only six surviving manuscripts of its kind in private hands. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York has privately acquired, for an undisclosed amount, the Magnificent Illuminated Hebrew Bible from Spain, which had previously been scheduled for the auction. Hailing from the renowned collection of Jaqui E. Safra, the illuminated Bible was produced in Castile during the first half of the 14th century and stands as a remarkable testament to the cross-cultural influences in the Golden Age of medieval Spain.
A remarkable testament to the cross-cultural influences in the Golden Age of medieval Spain, this splendid illuminated Hebrew Bible is an exceptionally important exemplar of medieval book arts and literary culture. Dating from the first half of the 14th century in Castile, it features lavishly painted borders and intricately penned micrographic decoration. One of only three complete decorated Hebrew Bibles from Spain to come to auction in the past century, this extraordinary work also bears the distinction of being one of only six such manuscripts held in private hands. Click ahead to discover the story behind this rare Hebrew Bible. Important Judaica 20 December | New York
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