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Rothschild Miscellany

Documentary heritage submitted by Israel and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2013.

© The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Job's wealth restored at the end of the story. Fol. 65v. The Rothschild Miscellany. Northern Italy. ca. 1460-80. Handwritten on vellum; brown ink, tempera, gold and silver leaf; square and semi-cursive Ashkenazic script. Height: 21 cm; Width: 15.9 cm. Gift of James A. de Rothschild, London. Accession number: B61.09.0803o.s.; 180/051.

The Rothschild Miscellany is a unique lavishly illuminated compendium-manuscript adorned with magnificent miniatures in gold and silver leafs and precious pigments. The illustrations offer a rare window into the religious customs, daily lives and fashion of Italian Renaissance Jewry. It represents the creative pinnacle of Hebrew manuscript painting in the 15th century and is an unparalleled example of Jewish heritage from a period in which very few Jewish objects of material culture remain.

  • Year of submission: 2012
  • Year of inscription: 2013
  • Country: Israel
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