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(VII) Img. ID: 261237 Vienna Maimonides, fol 8, Rome, Fall of 1283 edit  
Category: Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts

General Document

2 Name/Title Vienna Maimonides | Unknown
3a Object Maimonides' Commentary to Mishnah
3b Object Detail fol 8
4a Artist/ Maker Avraham ben Yom Tov ha-Cohen (Unknown)
5 Date Fall of 1283
5a Activity Dates
5b Reconstruction Dates
6 Period Unknown
6a Period Detail
7 Origin Italy | Lazio | Rome
8 Community Unknown |
9 Collection Austria | Vienna | Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (ÖNB)
| Cod. Hebr. 197 (Schwartz, No. 56)
9a Documentation / Research project Unknown
10 Location Austria | Wien (Bundesland) | Wien (Vienna) | Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (ÖNB)
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Late 13th century Roman School of Hebrew Manuscripts Illumination|
13 Iconographical Subject Arch
Section heading, decorated
Foliate scrolls |
14 Category
17 Photographer Unknown
18 Photograph Date
19 Negative/ Photo. No.
19a Scan No. M001101
20 Description

An arcade composed by architectonic elements detached one from the other, occupies the three-quarters of  the right text column, enclosing the text אנא ה' הושיעה נא/ אנא ה' הצליחה נא, below the arch, in small square script, “מסכת אבות", in larger square script, and " אשר פירש הרב המובהק / רבינו משה בן מיימון / ז'צ'ל'"  הקדמת ר' / שמואל בן / תבון ז'ל' “, between the spandrels and the columns of the arcade.  

The arcade is composed of two columns resting on trapezoidal bases and ending with diagonally-cut capitals, above which are two suspended medallions, surmounted by spandrels above which is the round arch, inscribed within a square frame. Each part of the arcade is decorated with different foliate and geometrical patterns in sepia, red, yellow and off-white ink: opened acanthus leaves in heart-shaped scrolls run within the arc, twisted scrolls decorate the frame, running scrolls of small opened acanthus decorate the left column, while scrolls of profile leaves run within the right column; yellow and grayish and sepia checkered motifs decorate the bases of the columns and the spandrels; a circle formed by four stylized palmettos for the medallions hanging above the columns.


The first paragraph of Tibbon’s preface to “Maimonides’ Eight Chapters” is emphasized with a “P”-shaped pen-work chapter sign in pink ink on the right part of the word “This” זאת, extending along the text column. The chapter sign is outlined with a blue line from which extend tendrils and flourishes, lines of pearl, buds tinted in yellow and thorns.


21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Parchment, sepia, red and yellow brush, pink and blue paint and flourishes pen-work.
25a Material Structure
25b Material Decoration
25c Material Bonding
25d Material Inscription
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors
25k Construction Material

26 Measurements
26a Height
26b Length
26c Width
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks
38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
48 Temp: Addenda

Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter 49a
50 Researcher 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head 53a
54 Editor 54a
55 Donor 55a