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Title Kalonymus Bible
Related place Germany, Southern - related place
Original Library/publisher אוסף המרכז לאמנות יהודית - Center for Jewish Art Collection
Citation Note Poland
Wroclaw
State and University Library
M 1106
Content Ashkenazi
Host Item CJA Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts-38-0004076
Description The initial word of the book of Lamentations is written in a panel in the lower part of the two left text columns. The letters are written in gold on foliate scrolls. The crowned Nebuchadnezzar is depicted on the left of the panel, riding a lion. He holds a snake as the reins and raises his right hand (alluding to II Kings 24:10). An inscription is written outside the panel, on the left, נבוכדנצר צר ואויב ינופף ידו הו בת ציון גבעת ירושלים רוכב על הארי ירסנו נחש 'Nebuchadnezzar the enemy, raising his hand, Oh, Daughter of Zion hill of Jerusalem, riding on a lion harnessed by a snake.' The inscription is based on the Bablylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabat, 150a: "Nebuchadnezzar rode upon a male lion to whose head he had tied a snake in fulfillment of what is said, 'and the beasts of the field also have I given him to serve him"' (Jer. 27:6). Nebuchadnezzar's face is erased. Jerusalem is depicted as a turretted walled city. The last column of Ecclesiastes, is written in the shape of a goblet, above the initial word panel of the book of Lamentations.
Language No linguistic content
Identifier CJA Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts-38-0004076
System Number 997003916540405171

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