The Bird's Head Haggada of the Bezalel National Art Museum in Jerusalem

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Publication: 1965

The Bird’s Head manuscript, the earliest surviving illustrated Ashkenazi Haggada, is named for the figures drawn with birds' heads on human forms. These composite creatures are most probably griffins. Many scholars believe the use of imaginary creatures is a concession to a rabbinic prohibition against Jewish image making. The conical "Jewish hat” worn by adult males was mandatory attire for German Jews in the Middle Ages.

Title

The Bird's Head Haggada of the Bezalel National Art Museum in Jerusalem
Hagadat rashe ha-tsiporim shel Bet ha-Nekhot ha-Le’umi le-’Omanut Betsal’el, Yerushalayim

Date

Publication: 1965

Description

The Bird’s Head manuscript, the earliest surviving illustrated Ashkenazi Haggada, is named for the figures drawn with birds' heads on human forms. These composite creatures are most probably griffins. Many scholars believe the use of imaginary creatures is a concession to a rabbinic prohibition against Jewish image making. The conical "Jewish hat” worn by adult males was mandatory attire for German Jews in the Middle Ages.

Rights

Copyright; use considered fair according to the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

Format

Books

Source

Memorabilia Collection, BM675 .P4 J4

Files

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Citation

“The Bird's Head Haggada of the Bezalel National Art Museum in Jerusalem,” Gallery, accessed November 18, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/855.