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Paschal Lamb; Rabban Gamaliel Teaching Students
From the Prato Haggadah
Spain, ca. 1300
The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, MS 9478

For reasons unknown, the decoration of this Haggadah—one of the finest examples from fourteenth-century Spain—was terminated abruptly. The resulting incomplete state is revelatory, as the various stages in the process of the illumination of a manuscript, including the accomplished underdrawing, are visible. Many of the letters show the next stage in which gesso was applied in order to prepare the parchment for an application of gold leaf.

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