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Pentateuch and its Binding


Copied at the end of the 15th century, this manuscript − known as the Taj or “Crown” by the Yemenite Jews − was used as a model to copy Torah scrolls and venerated in the same way. Certain pages offer examples of decorative micrography. While the two-column layout of the text is also found in contemporary Gothic manuscripts, the geometrical decoration of the binding recalls the Mamluk artistic tradition, whose influence was felt in Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula from the 13th to the 16th centuries.

Artwork Details

Title: Pentateuch and its Binding
Geography: Sana'a, Yemen
Date: 1498

Medium: manuscript, ink on paper

Classification: manuscript
Dimensions: 34.6 x 29.8 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2010.008
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