Manuscript Summary: This Miscellany for Life Cycle Events from the last third of the 15th century was probably a wedding gift. It was copied by Leon ben Joshua de Rossi of Cesena. It contains: prayers for circumcision; a formula for a marriage contract from Correggio 1452 (without names); texts for marriage rituals, including a hymn with the acrostic El’azar; a marriage contract, concluded in Parma in 1420 between Judah, son of Elhanan of Ascoli Piceno, and Stella, daughter of Solomon of Mantua; prayers recited at the cemetery with a Grace after Meals for mourners; a ritual for avoiding bad dreams; Ka’arat kesef, an ethical poem by the 13th-century Provençal poet Jehoseph ben Hanan ben Nathan Ezobi; finally, added in a different hand, a personal prayer by Moses Latif for Joab Immanuel Finzi.
Immediately following the contract, there is a depiction of a bridal couple (f. 10v). The bride’s headdress, clothing and veil correspond to the contemporary fashion of Ferrara, which confirms that the manuscript is of Italian origin, perhaps even from Ferrara. (red)
Zürich, Braginsky Collection, B259
Parchment · 60 ff. · 13.5 x 10 cm · Italy, copied by Leon ben Joshua de Rossi of Cesena · last third of the 15th century
Miscellany for Life Cycle Events
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Zürich, Braginsky Collection, B259, Front cover – Miscellany for Life Cycle Events (https://www.e-codices.ch/en/list/one/bc/b-0259)