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The Nuremberg Mahzor (Prayer book, according to Eastern Ashkenazi rite)
South Germany
Scribes: Mattanyah; Jacob
Handwritten on parchment; brown and red ink, tempera, gold and silver leaf; square and semi-cursive Ashkenazic script
H: 50; W: 37 cm
Extended loan from the collection of Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn, Zurich
Accession number: L-B07.0008 ; 180/125

This illuminated prayer book for the entire year, in one massive volume, may have been used by the cantor in the synagogue. It includes the largest existing compilation of piyyutim (liturgical poems) with commentaries, many of these texts previously unknown. Commissioned by Joshua ben Isaac, the manuscript is a fine example of collaboration between different scribes and is decorated with 22 painted initial-word panels highlighted in gold and silver leaf, emphasizing the opening of some of the main prayers.

From the Israel Museum publications:
3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

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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