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Fol. 17v: In the lower outer margin, next to the list of the plagues which hit Egypt, a panel shows a man seated on a bench brushing his hair to get rid of lice, which fall on to the red tiled floor on the left. The man wears a blue robe and powder gold shoes. 

Fleshy, curling acanthus leaves extend from the upper and lower parts of the frame.

Due to lack of space, the ascender and flag of the ל' of the display word אילו, was moved to the outer margin, above the upper scroll of the panel. Similar cases are, fols. 13 (יכול), 20 (על) (cf. fols. 22-22v, 25).

See: General Document for acanthus branches.

Name/Title
The Tegernsee Haggadah | Unknown
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Fol. 17v
Date
Before 1489
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Germany | Munich | Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB)
| Cod. hebr. 200 (Steinschneider 1895, No. 200)
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Black and brown ink, gold leaf and powder and different shades of blue, magenta, green, red, yellow, grey and white.
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49 x 39 mm.; 4 lines high
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Unknown
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0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
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Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
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Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
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Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
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Fig. 1: Plague of Lice

Tegernsee Haggadah

Munich, BSB Cod. hebr. 200, fol. 17v.

Fig. 2: Plague of Lice

Rylands Sephardi Haggadah

Catalonia, mid-14th century

Manchester, John Rylands Library, Heb. 6, fol. 16

(Loewe, facsimile 1988)

Fig. 3: Plague of Lice

FirstCincinnatiHaggadah

Meir Jaffe (scribe)

Ulm, 1480s

Cincinnati, HUC Klau Lib. MS 444, p. 23

(Optical disc: col. facsims.)

 

Fig. 4: Treatment for head lice

Hortus Sanitatis, Jacob Meydenbach

Mainz, 1491

Vatican, BAV Stamp. Pal. II 581, fol. SIIIv

(Copyright Science Photo Library)

Lice were one of the ten plagues which hit the Egyptians. In other haggadot all ten plagues usually are depicted. In Sephardi haggadot the iconography of the plague of lice includes Moses and Aaron, while Pharaoh and his people suffer (fig. 2). By contrast, in Ashkenazi and Italo-Ashkenazi haggadot, unidentified people are afflicted with lice (fig. 3) as in the Tegernsee Haggadah (fig. 1). The hairbrush, which is used to remove lice, reflects a detail of everyday life in 15th-centuryGermany. A similar hairbrush appears in contemporary German books (fig. 4). 

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