The Rylands Haggadah

Images and text from the Rylands Haggadah, manuscript from the 14th/15th century CE. A Haggadah is a book of liturgy (words and songs and possibly prayers and actions) for the Passover. It was probably written out (from theTalmud) in Barcelona.

I do not own the original manuscript, but rather have a fac simile of it published in London and New York. In UK and US law, a fac simile does not give additional copyright to the people who made the fac simile; however, the copious notes and translations are copyright, and I will not reproduce them here.

The manuscript itself is in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, in England.

[picture: Drollery (margin-creatre), Lion with Tabard]

Drollery (margin-creatre), Lion with Tabard

A drollery, or grotesque, from the margin of folio 33b: a lion with a tabard and an almost-human face.

[picture: Drollery (margin-creature), Blue Rabbit]

Drollery (margin-creature), Blue Rabbit

A drollery, or grotesque, from the margin of folio 33b: a blue rabbit!

[picture: Drollery (margin-creature), Jester Centaur]

Drollery (margin-creature), Jester Centaur

A drollery, or grotesque, from the margin of folio 33b: a centaur dressed as a jester.



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