jewishhenna:

shelomit-bat-dvorah:

bodleianlibs:

We challenge you to decipher the plot of this
text
but there are no prizes because we’re not sure ourselves. 

@jewishhenna!

YES

This is Meshal haQadmoni, a book of animal fables written between 1281-1284 by Yitzhaq ben Shlomo ibn Sahula, a Sephardi writer, poet, and Qabbalist from Guadalajara (although this copy was clearly written in Germany at a later date). There’s an English translation of Meshal haQadmoni but it’s unfortunately not online… The first one is labelled “The Bear beheads the Fox,” the second on that page is “The Lion and his friends celebrate, eating and drinking,” etc. 

What a fun manuscript! I wonder if anyone has done a study of the iconography?

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