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Early Bible Manuscript from the Cairo Genizah

9th Century AD

$62,000

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A fragment of one of the earliest surviving Hebrew Bible manuscripts, dating to the 9th or 10th century. From the Cairo Genizah, the famous cache of manuscripts from the Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo, Egypt. Written in black ink on vellum, in large, fine Eastern Hebrew square script. Inscribed on both sides, preserving part of 3 columns of 17 lines with the story of Cain and Abel, Genesis 4:1- 23. This leaf rivals in date the earliest Hebrew biblical codices of the 10th or 11th century, such as the surviving parts of the Aleppo Codex (c. 920, Jerusalem, Shrine of the Book), the Damascus Pentateuch (c. 1000, Jerusalem, Hebrew University), the St. Petersburg Codex (dated 1008-9, National Library of Russia, MS.B19a) and The London Codex (10th century, British Library, Or.4445). A remarkable fragment from the most important cache of early medieval Jewish manuscripts ever discovered. 10.6x11.8 inches (27x30 cm). Frame measures 18.5x16.9 inches (47x43 cm). Provenance: From the Cairo Genizah, one of the most significant sources for any fragment of early Hebrew manuscript. David Solomon Sassoon (1880-1942), acquired December 1922 together with 8 other Biblical texts from the Genizah. Sotheby's London, Seventy-Six Hebrew and Samaritan Manuscripts from the library of the late David Solomon Sassoon, 21 June 1994, lot 1, part 1. From the collection of Martin Schøyen, MS 1858/1. Published: D.S. Sassoon, Ohel David, Descriptive Catalogue of the Hebrew and Samaritan Manuscripts in the Sassoon Library, 1932, I, p. 27-28. ArtAncient. Timeline: 4.5 Billion Years, 54 Objects. p. 116-117.

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  • Creation Year
    9th Century AD
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18.51 in. (47 cm)Width: 16.93 in. (43 cm)Depth: 1.19 in. (3 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU135727038202

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