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Book of Sabbath Readings (Seder Tikkunei Shabbat)
Scribe and illustrator: Aaron Wolf Herlingen (ca. 1700 – ca. 1760)
Manuscript on vellum; ink, gouache, and gold powder; gold filigree binding
L: 5.8; W: 4 cm
Anonymous loan
Accession number: L-B00.083 ; 180/119

This book of Sabbath readings includes liturgical poetry, psalms, passages from the Mishnah, and rules for the Sabbath influenced by the Kabbalah. The manuscript was copied and illustrated by Aaron Wolf Herlingen, a prominent 18th-century Jewish calligrapher and illustrator. During this period Central Europe experienced a renaissance in the art of calligraphy and illustration of Hebrew books. Herlingen was a scribe at the Royal Library of Vienna, and also copied and illustrated manuscripts for wealthy Jews. The splendor of this manuscript is evident not only in its beautiful script and illuminations, but also in its special binding of gold filigree.

From the Israel Museum publications:
Bizarre Perfection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2008

Bizarre Perfection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 19/12/2008 - 13/06/2009, December 2008 - June 2009

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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