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Seder table from BL Add 14761, f. 28v

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Seder table from BL Add 14761, f. 28v

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Historiated initial-word panel ~Ha lahma aniya~ (The Bread of Affliction), at the beginning of the text of the Haggadah. Beneath the initial words, a miniature depicting a family by the Seder table with the master of the house placing the basket of unleavened bread on the head of one of his children. Full foliate border inhabited by animals and dragons.
Placing the basket over the head of the participants was a Sephardi custom and it was considered as a symbolic way to experience the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt carrying the dough on their backs (See Metzger 1982, p. 260). Image taken from f. 28v of Haggadah, liturgical poems and biblical readings for Passover (The 'Barcelona Haggadah'), Sephardic rite. Written in Hebrew.

Hebrew manuscripts in the British museum

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1300 - 1500
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