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Obj. ID: 36054
Jewish printed books
  Machzor..., Prague, 1690

© Gross Family Collection, Photographer: Unknown,

This text was prepared by William Gross:

Title page and three other pages from a Machzor, the printing of which was apparently not completed.
The ornate central frame used for the title page was used by the Gersonides press already in the 16th C (see GFC B.1475, 1590, where it appears without further embellishements). The frame is laden with images and symbols. At the top is depicted Moses with the tablets of the Law, flanked by cherubim. Moses is presented, however, with an animal-like visage. So too are the two bearded figures that appear on the sides. Below these figures are two seated young boys, one holding a bird and one holding a shield on which is shown the Star of David. It is in the Prague Jewish community that we find some of the earliest uses of this symbol. At the bottom of the page is the printer’s mark of the Cohen (Gersonides) family of Prague, depicting the hands of the Cohanim in a cartouche, supported by two rampant lions.
The pages were issued by the grandsons of Moshe Katz, who served as the head of the Gersonides printing house from 1601-1628. The largest Hebrew printing-press in Prague, the Gersonides continued to print independently until 1784, when their press merged with that of Jacob Bak's descendants, as the firm of Bak and Katz.

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Name/Title
Machzor... | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
1690
Synagogue active dates
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Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
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Congregation
Unknown
Location
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Site
Unknown
School/Style
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Period
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Period Detail
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Paper, Ink, Letterpress, Woodcut
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
33.6 cm
Length
Width
21.8 cm
Depth
0.9 cm
Circumference
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Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Iconographical Subject
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Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
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