Fol. 18v: A bearded man within a panel in the lower outer margin illustrates the adjacent text of Rabbi Akiva. The Rabbi, with grey beard and bareheaded, is seated on a bench holding an open book and looking upwards. The tiled floor is in alternating dark and light green. On the blue ground on the left the inscription R. Akiva ר' עקיבה)) is written in semi-square script by Erhard.
H | Haggadah, Passover (Listed according to the text of the Haggadah; See also separate biblical subjects in this list) | The Main part of the Haggadah (arranged with the Ritual Acts (Seder Signs) interspersed with the main components of the text of the Haggadah): | Maggid (the narration) | Maggid-9: Tannaim Commentaries on the Miracle of the Plagues and the Division of the Red Sea | Rabbi Akiva (Commentary on the Plagues)
Fig. 1: Rabbi Akiva
Munich, BSB Cod. hebr. 200, fol. 18v
Fig. 2: Rabbi Akiva
North Italy, 1502
Zurich, Floersheim Coll.
no sign., p. 14
(The Floersheim Haggadah, facsimile 1985)
Fig. 3: Rabbi Akiva teaching
Budapest, MTAK Kaufmann Coll. A 422,
(Kaufmann Haggadah, facsimile 1990)
The iconography of Rabbi Akiva, similar to that of other rabbis in Sephardi and Ashkenazi haggadot from all periods, consists of a bearded man, usually sitting, with or without an open book in his hands (figs. 1, 2). In some Sephardi examples Rabbi Akiva is depicted with his disciples (fig. 3).
See also fols. 18 and 20v.