Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Yahuda Haggadah
Franconia, Southern Germany
1470–80
Unidentified scribe
Handwritten on parchment; brown ink and gold and silver leaf; square Ashkenazic script
H: 23.1; W: 16.5 cm
Gift of Rachel Ethel Yahuda, New Haven, Connecticut
Accession number: B55.01.0109 ; 180/050 (181/016)
 
 
This Haggadah is illustrated throughout with depictions of Passover rites and biblical episodes related to the Exodus as well as to the lives of Moses, the Patriarchs, and other figures. The numerous scenes, which are mostly based on midrashic sources, are accompanied by rhymed inscriptions, usually set within scrolls. The same artist, whose identity has not yet been discovered, decorated another similar Haggadah, and both are filled with outstanding illustrations.


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