First Cincinnati Haggadah
ink, pigment, and gold leaf on parchment; 69 leaves (34 x 26 cm.)
Meir Jaffe ben Israel of Heidelberg
Täublein bat Issachar; Leah bat Mosheh, presented to Avraham ben Yaakov, her son-in- law as a wedding present (1560); Eliezer ben Mosheh Menz Kanstatt, a gift from his aunt Ester bat Mosheh Bacharach (1689)
One of the outstanding medieval Haggadah manuscripts, this Haggadah was produced by the scribe Meir Jaffe who was also a leatherworker, some of whose work while in Ulm has also survived. This Haggadah is striking for, among other things, its lettering and the composition of the pages. Each page has nine lines of large square Ashkenazi characters. The Haggadah contains 29 rich illustrations, as well as vividly illuminated word panels. Especially rich is the “Yaknhaz” hare-hunt motif. Moreover, each page bears a unique colored border with varying designs.
Hebrew / Paper / 20,4 x 14,5 cm. / 141 ff. (between f. 14 and 15 one printed folium with recipes) / Variety of lines to a page / Sephardic cursive writing / Title written in later handwriting on a flyleaf / Catchwords at the end of each page.