Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sotheby's scrolls

Sotheby's have an auction coming up of Judaica. It includes several manuscripts. At least one is from the Montefiore collection. But one of the major items that they are touting is a medieval Spanish tittled Torah scroll. The catalogue claims that it was written in the circle of R Shem Tov ibn Gaon. The entry is quite long and interesting.

There are also several Esther scrolls. The most important one is from 1564, and is apparently the earliest decorated Megillah. It was written by a woman named Estellina bat Menahem. Yup, a female scribe.

And two megillot illustrated by Shalom Italia.

Cool stuff. Catalogue is here.


Blogger dw103 said...

In addition to the catalog entry on the Torah Scroll, there is a PDF version of an Illustrated PowerPoint presentation that shows numerous closeups, on their website at: http://www.sothebys.com/liveauctions/event/N08606/142.pdf

12:40 AM  
Blogger The_Sound_of_the_Silent said...

...and, don't forget, this megillah illustrator may very well be an ancestor of yours.

11:41 AM  

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