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Lot 77

Decorated Manuscript – Piyyutim for Festivals – Ioannina (Greece), 1866–1874

Manuscript, piyyutim for festivals. Ioannina (Greece), 1866–1874.
Comprises piyyutim for all the festivals, year–round. Square and cursive Sephardic script. The decorated title page is dated 15th Sivan 1866. Decorations and illustrations in several other places. On p. 10a, prayer for the wellbeing of Sultan Abdulaziz. One piyyut is dated Sukkot 1873.
The Ioannina community was one of the most ancient Jewish communities in Greece, dating back to the destruction of the second Temple. Unlike most Greek communities, who adopted the Sephardic rite after the Spanish Expulsion, the Ioannina community preserved the original Greek – Romaniote rite. Most of the community perished during the Holocaust.

Illustrated manuscripts originating from Ioannina are exceptionally rare.

[38] leaves. 17.5 cm. Good–fair condition. Stains, including damsptains. Marginal tears and open tears to some leaves, slightly affecting text and title page border, repaired in part with paper. New binding.

Provenance: The Gross Family Collection, Tel Aviv, OT.011.011.