Abstract

Abstract:

The Sarajevo Haggadah has long been known to scholars as one of the earliest medieval Jewish manuscripts and to the wider public as a symbol of tolerance and hope. Despite its fame, however, one of the most compelling features in the illuminations has yet to be explained satisfactorily: the dark-skinned female figure in the picture that illustrates the family at the Passover Seder feast. In this article I offer an analysis of the figure, one that overturns liberal modern interpretations and points instead to a more contentious medieval context.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2516-4252
Print ISSN
1565-6721
Pages
pp. 15-28
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-16
Open Access
No
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