Vol. I, fols. 168v-169v: The last three pages at the end of the Pentateuch, written by Scribe A in triangular and conical forms, are accentuated by bands coloured and decorated by the artist with various running geometrical and foliate motifs (figs. 1, 2, 3; cf. I:43v-44, end of Genesis and II:207v-208v, end of Job). The bases of the bands include two grey prostrate giants holding gold masts (fig. 1), two grey lion masks (fig. 2), and four small gold panels enclosing at the bottom two lions dormant and at the top two lions passant guardant (fig. 3).
The diagonal bands (fig. 3) are decorated with the so-called pseudo-Kufic script in gold on a blue and green ground (Nachama and Sievernich 1991, No. 6/44).
Figs. 1, 2, 3: Decorative diagonal bands, Munich Rashi's Commentary on the Bible
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The supporting giant figures and the dormant lions (figs. 4, 6) are similar to the figures supporting the letters P in the Würzburg Evangelistary of c.1250 (figs. 5, 7; Klemm 1998, Cat. 196).A comparable example to our lions passant guardant (fig. 8) is found in the later Würzburg Psalter (fig. 9; Klemm 1998, Cat. 197).
Fig. 4: Supporting giantsת Munich Rashi's Commentary on the Bible,
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|Fig. 5: Supporting giant,
Evangelistary, Würzburg, c.1250 Munich, BSB clm 23256, fol. 3v
(H. Swarzenski 1936, pl. 180, fig. 988)
|Fig. 6: Lions dormant, Munich Rashi's Commentary on the Bible||Fig. 7: Lion couchant,
Munich, BSB clm 23256, fol. 7
(H. Swarzenski 1936, pl. 180, fig. 987)
Fig. 8: Lions passant guardant , Munich Rashi's Commentary on the Bible,
Munich, BSB Cod. hebr. 5, I:169v
|Fig. 9: Lions passant guardant ,
Psalter, Würzburg, 1260-65
BSB clm 3900, fol. 4v
(Engelhart 1987, fig. 95)