Fol. 21: A bearded man holding three mazzot is depicted in a rectangular panel placed within the lower right text space next to the word mazzah. He holds up one mazzah in his right hand and holds the other two in his left. He has brown hair and beard, and wears a long green robe and red pointed shoes. He stands on a tiled floor of alternating dark and light grey.
Two elongated acanthus stems issue from the lower part of the panel frame, extending up the inner margin and along the lower one.
Latin annotation by Erhard is written in black cursive script:
Next to: מצה זו שאנו אוכלין על שום מה
Elevantur azime et omnibus secundo ostenduntur
The mazzot are raised and shown to everybody for the second time.
See: General Document for acanthus branches and Appendix.
A | Acanthus scroll
Fig. 1: Displaying the Mazzah
Munich, BSB Cod. hebr. 200, fol. 21
Fig. 2: Displaying the Mazzah
Hileq and Bileq Haggadah South Germany, second half of the 15th century
Paris, BnF hébr. 1333, fol. 19
(Narkiss and Sed-Rajna, IJA 1978/1)
Fig. 3: Displaying the Mazzah
Bird's Head Haggadah
Jerusalem, IM MS 180/57
(Spitzer, facsimile 1967)
Fig. 4: Displaying the Mazzah
London, BL Add. 27210,
(Narkiss, facsimile 1970)
The mazzah which is held up while reciting "this mazzah …" is depicted in Sephardi and Ashkenazi haggadot of all periods. In the Ashkenazi tradition the mazzah is being held up by a man in the margins (figs. 1-3). The protrusion at the top the mazzah in the Hileq and Bileq Haggadah (fig. 2) indicates that this is the first of the three mazzot. The second mazzah would have two and the third three protrusions, as seen in the Bird's Head Haggadah of c.1300 (fig. 3). In our haggadah, besides the raised mazzah the man is holding two others (fig. 1) though these are without protrusions. By contrast, in Sephardi haggadot the large ornamental mazzah is depicted in the centre of the page (fig. 4; Narkiss 1997, pp. 15-16).