Golden Haggadah (about 1420)
British Library Add. MS 27210
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The Golden Haggadah, one of the finest surviving Spanish Hebrew manuscripts, was made near Barcelona in Northern Spain. The Haggadah, which literally means ‘narration’, is the service-book used in Jewish households on Passover Eve to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt. The text is preceded by a series of full-page miniatures depicting scenes mainly from the Book of Exodus. These sumptuous illuminations set against gold-tooled backgrounds earned the manuscript its name and were executed in the northern French Gothic style.