Fol. 12: The Wise Son is depicted within a rectangular panel in the lower left corner of the text space, next to the text it illustrates. He is shown as a bearded man holding an open book, wearing a tall green cap, a green robe with a yellow collar and a gold belt, and stands on a dark magenta tiled floor, below an arched opening and a yellow boarded ceiling. On the left, on the blue ground of the panel, the scribe, Joseph son of R. Ephraim of blessed memory (יוסף ב"ר אפרים ז"ל), has written his name vertically in semi-cursive Ashkenazi script.
From the centre of the left border of the frame, two fleshy acanthus stems extend into the outer and lower margins.
A Latin annotation by Erhard is written in red cursive script:
Next to: חכם מה הוא אומר מה העדות והחקים והמשפטים
Quid sapienti respondendum sit hunc ritum querenti
What the wise man has to answer when asked about this rite.
See: General Document for acanthus branches and Appendix.
A | Acanthus scroll
Fig. 1: The Wise Son
Munich, BSB Cod. hebr. 200, fol. 12
Fig. 2: The Wise Son
Meir Jaffe (scribe)
Bämler of Augsburg and Joel ben Simeon (artists)
London, BL Add. 14762, fol. 8v
(Goldstein, facsimile 1985)
Fig. 3: The Wise Son
Meir Yaffe (scribe)
Cincinnati, HUC Klau Lib. MS 444,
(Optical disc: col. facsims.)
In Ashkenazi and Italo-Ashkenazi haggadot of the 15th century the Wise Son, who asks "What is the meaning of the laws and traditions God has commanded?" (Deut. 6:20), is similarly depicted: a man, sitting or standing, holding a book (figs. 1-3). Moreover, the representation of the Wise Son is usually similar to depictions of the Sages mentioned in this haggadah (cf. fols. 18, 18v, 20v).
The scribe of the Tegernsee Haggadah, Joseph son of R. Ephraim, saw fit to inscribe his name next to the Wise Son.