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Fol. 68:

The page includes headings followed by illustrations and associate tables for two constellations, Cepheus (המתלהב) and Bootes (אל גול), which end is on the verso of the page (fol. 68v, see document).

The first constellation Cepheus is illustrated on the right by a man (oriental king) with beard split in the middle stepping barefoot to the right and raising his right hand. He is wearing red dress and Phrygian hat; the uncovered parts of his body are painted in pink (now black, the pink colour retained through the black colour of his face).

Thirteen silver and gold bezants marking the stars of this constellation are spread on and around him according to the table: eight gold stars on his body, three on his hat, and two other smaller silver stars, which are "not in the form" (אינם בצורה) flanking his hat.

 

The following constellation Bootes is illustrated on the left by a warrior with a diadem on his blond hair, stepping barefoot to the right. He is dressed in green rob with wide sleeves and a sword, holding a spear in his right hand and raising his left.

Twenty three stars of the constellations represented by silver and gold bezants, thirteen of which are outlined in red, are spread on and around him according to the table on the verso of the page, as followed: twenty-two gold stars (two are worn) are on his body and spear, and one silver star is placed outside his "form", between the legs. It is inscribed אל סמאך (“Al samach"?) in small semi-cursive script probably added by a later hand.

The page includes also on the top right the end of the Draco's table (which start on fol. 66v, see document).

The headings of the constellations Draco, Cepheus and Bootes, and the title "Not in the form", are written within small rectangular panels with gold borders in burnished gold letters on dark blue ground surrounded by dots and floral motifs in white and red colours. The upper border of the panels extends upwards to include the flag of the letter lamed.

The tables are written in alternating red and brown ink including headings in geometrical (zigzag) shapes in micrography. 

 

Name/Title
Vienna Astronomical Manuscript | Unknown
Object Detail
Fol.68r
Date
Around 1391
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown
(Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Austria | Vienna | Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (ÖNB)
| Cod. Hebr. 132 (Schwartz, No. 185)
Material/Technique
Parchment, burnished gold and silver, pink (now black), ochre, green, magenta, dark blue, red and white colours, and red and brown ink.
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Cepheus panel: 81 X 67 mm
Bootes panel:. 95 X 67 mm
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition
Good
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Karl-Georg Pfändtner Michal Sternthal- in Vienna Michal Sternthal- in Israel | 2.2.04 24.2.04
Researcher
Karl-Georg Pfändtner Michal Sternthal Yaffa Levy | 2009 2009
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconsdivuction
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Section Head
Michal Sternthal |
Language Editor
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.
M001064