Illuminated Page from Fifteenth-Century Italian Arba`ah Turim Even ha-`Ezer Manuscript


Arba'ah Turim Even HaEzer

The manuscript, a Jewish juridic text, is divided into four main sections containing prescriptions for prayer, butchering and eating, family life and the administration of justice. The colophon tells us that the manuscript was written in Mantua in 1435. The style of the decoration essentially confirms this. The first page of each of the four books presents a precious miniature depicting the themes of the book itself, enriched by a floral border. The image displayed is f.220r, the first page of the third book, dedicated to marriage and to the laws governing family life. The miniature represents a nuptial scene.

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