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Illustrated Passover Haggadah
Hamburg, Germany
Scribe and illustrator: Nethanel son of Aaron [ha־Levi] Segal
Pen and ink on parchment
22 leaves, 8°
Original binding: parchment painted, decorations and script in embossed gold
Inscribed in Hebrew: on the binding, "Passover Haggadah", on gable: the first five signs of the Seder ceremony, with the Hebrew date - the equivalent of 1762. The Haggadah is written in square Ashkenazi script, with vowels, commentaries and translation into Ladino and Yiddish, in Rashi script and special script for the Old Yiddish, all imitating the printed type-faces.
The Haggadah belonged to Isaac Seligmann Minden, according to the inscription at the top of the title page.
Title page: "Passover Haggadah according to the Ashkenazi rite and the Sephardi rite with beautiful illustrations of the signs and wonders the Lord performed for our forefathers: And the depiction of the Temple (may it be rebuilt speedily and in our time, Amen). Another like it has never appeared before; made here in Hamburg, in the year: 'for good name, honor and glory' [5]522 [1762] done by the writer engaged in this sacred task: the humble Nethanel son of Aaron Segal, scribe in the three communities of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbeck." Colophon (p. 22): "By the writer engaged in the sacred task, Nethanel the scribe son of the late Aaron Segal, scribe of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbeck, in the year [5]522 [=1762]."
H: 30.3; W: 19.6 cm
The Stieglitz Collection was donated to the Museum with the contribution of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: B86.0207 ; 181/054

From the Israel Museum publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, English / Hebrew

The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 30/11/1987 - 21/04/1987

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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