The Ma’ariv for the first night of Passover is decorated on top by a large painted initial word panel, occupying the entire width of the text and illustrated above by Mazzah and Maror. Three small pen-work initial word panels are inserted in the text columns below the large panel. All the decorations on the page were executed during the second stage of decoration.
The initial word ליל ( שימורים) “Night of […]” is written in gold, with the ascenders of the "lamed“ dinding in a leafy motif, set within a blue panel filled with white feathery scrolls with red dots and white flowers. The panel is surrounded by a gold frame decorated with gold clusters of buds on the top and on the sides of the frame, and with single buds in the four corners. Resting on the upper part of the frame are two golden baskets, the one on the right contains three round pierced Mazzot and the one on the left contains green leaves as the Maror.
The small pen-work initial words are written in black ink within a panel filled with delicate filigree pen-work of alternating purple and red. The pen-work extends along the margins and between the text columns. The extension of the top panel in the left text column includes a human mask.
55 X 70 mm
M | Mask
I | Illustration
O | Ornamentation: | Ascender, decorated
O | Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments | Feathery scrolls
P | Passover (Pesah; See also: Haggadah, Passover) | Seder plate with Matzot
P | Passover (Pesah; See also: Haggadah, Passover) | Seder plate with Maror